Antoine Griezmann accused of racism after posting blackface picture

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Antoine Griezmann has apologised after sparking a Twitter backlash by posting a picture of himself dressed as a black basketball player.

The 26-year old's account was immediately swamped with a torrent of tweets accusing him of racism and asking him to delete the post.

Griezmann, who is white, had his face and limbs painted black and was also wearing a wig and holding a basketball in the photo.

Atletico Madrid put Alaves to the sword by a goal to nil last night, with Griezmann using his night off tonight as a chance to blow off some steam at an 80's-themed party.

Griezmann later sent a further tweet, urging followers to calm down.

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Griezmann blackface costume provokes racism allegations

I am a fan of the Harlem globetrotters and the good times.

After posting his creation to social media, the France global was immediately and understandably hit with a backlash.

"I recognize that was clumsy on my part", he said. "If I offended anyone, I apologise".

The family of the 26-year-old Atletico Madrid striker are said to have met with Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu to finalise personal terms ahead of the France worldwide moving to the Camp Nou next summer.

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