Antoine Griezmann in racism storm after posting photo of himself in blackface

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Antoine Griezmann has found himself at the centre of a racism storm tonight after posting a picture of himself in a controversial fancy dress outfit.

The picture was captioned "80s Party" and showed the French global and Atletico Madrid attacker in a black "Afro" wig and wearing the jersey/shorts combination reminiscent of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.

The tweet went viral and Griezmann attempted to defend himself.

Griezmann at first reacted to the criticism by tweeting: "Calm down friends, I'm a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters and of this great era".

And a number of GIFs showing embarrassment, awkwardness or urging him to delete the tweet followed.

More than 20 minutes after that post, he added: "I recognise it is clumsy on my part".

The 26-year-old was linked with a move to Manchester United during the summer and has reportedly been attracting recent interest from Barcelona. "If I offended some people I'm sorry", he wrote.

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