Antoine Griezmann accused of racism after posting blackface picture

Griezmann forced to defend himself over blacked-up 'tribute'

French worldwide footballer Antoine Griezmann has attracted criticism after posting an image of himself in a fancy dress outfit on his Twitter account.

The photo on his official Twitter account was accompanied with the message "80's Party" followed by basketball and laughing emojis.

Antoine Griezmann was hit with a wave of criticism after the Atletico Madrid star shared a picture of himself in blackface.

"Calm down friends, I am a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters and of that attractive era, it is a tribute", he said on Twitter.

However, he then deleted both his initial picture and the follow-up post, instead writing: "I agree that it's awkward for me".

Griezmann, a passionate basketball fan who has travelled to the United States to watch NBA games, later issued a third tweet saying: "I recognise that this was clumsy from me. If I have offended some people I apologise".

But, the damage was already done as criticism poured in across social media.

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