sport news Rakuten launch 'official protest' against Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele and ...

sport news Rakuten launch 'official protest' against Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele and ...
sport news Rakuten launch 'official protest' against Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele and ...
Japanese electronic giants Rakuten launch 'official protest' against Barcelona in the wake of leaked video from 2019 showing Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann mocking Asian technicians in a hotel... as sponsors' co-founder insists it is 'unacceptable' A leaked video from 2019 emerged of Ousmane Dembele mocking Asian staff  Technicians were fixing TV while Dembele mocked their looks and language  Antoine Griezmann also appeared in the video and both players apologized Rakuten founder Hiroshi Mikitani – sponsor of Barcelona, is furious about it 

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The co-founder of one of Barcelona's major sponsors has branded the behaviour of Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann 'unnacceptable'. 

A leaked social media video, filmed in 2019, appeared to show Dembele mocking Asian technicians' background and appearance, and Griezmann appeared in the clip grinning. 

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Both players have issued apologies but Hiroshi Mikitani, co-founder of Rakuten, one of Barcelona's sponsors, hit out at the pair in a statement on Twitter

Ousmane Dembele (right) and Antoine Griezmann are in hot water for the 2019 video

Ousmane Dembele (right) and Antoine Griezmann are in hot water for the 2019 video 

Griezmann appears in the leaked clip grinning

Three men are seen chatting around an illuminated television screen in a hotel room

Griezmann appears in the leaked clip and both players apologised for any offence caused

He wrote: 'As a sponsor of the club and organiser of this tournament, I am really sorry that the Barcelona players made discriminatory remarks. 

'Especially as Rakuten has approved of the Barcelona philosophy and is a sponsor of the club, these sorts of remarks are unacceptable in all circumstances and we will protest officially against the club, as we wait to hear their position on the matter.'

It is understood that the technicians were fixing a problem in the hotel room and three men were in conversation around a television screen.   

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It is thought to be Dembele, who can be heard in the video

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