Antoine Griezmann will not be promoting Konami’s production. The Japanese corporation has decided to terminate the FC Barcelona player’s contract due to recent accusations of racism. The footballer apologized for the published materials.
Antoine Griezmann is a footballer who willingly gets involved in gaming events. The star of FC Barcelona has become the brand ambassador of Yu-Gi-Oh! – the footballer was to promote the anime series and games.
Konami engaged the footballer to great cooperation, but recent events made the Japanese resign from Griezmann’s services. Yesterday, Barcelona’s main sponsor, Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten, demanded a response from the club regarding the published material, and now Konami has cut itself off from the player.
Konami Digital Entertainment believes, as does the philosophy of sport, that discrimination of any kind is unacceptable. We announced Griezmann as our Yu-Gi-Oh! Content ambassador, but in light of recent events, we decided to cancel the contract. “
The situation is a big problem for Barcelona, which cooperates with Konami and promotes the next installments of the Pro Evolution Soccer series. The Japanese studio demands explanations:
“Regarding our eFootball PES franchise, we will be asking FC Barcelona, as a club partner, to explain the details of the matter and any future actions.”
It must be clarified that a few days ago, recordings were leaked, after which FC Barcelona players were accused of racism. The situation took place during a tour of Japan in 2019 – Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann wanted to play Pro Evolution Soccer in a hotel and asked the staff to help connect the console. Employees could not cope with the task, so offensive comments were made at them.
“Are all those ugly faces here just so we can play PES?” What is this weird language? Are they a technologically advanced country? “
Even Samuel Umtiti appeared in the second material, and Griezmann described the service with the words “ching chong”.
The players have already apologized, but even in this situation Griezmann has already lost one contract, and it is difficult to say how the case with Konami and eFootball PES will end.
I have always fought against any form of discrimination. In recent days, some people have tried to show me as a person that I am not. I completely reject the accusations against me and apologize if I offended my Japanese friends – wrote Antoine Griezmann
Dembele also apologized:
Recently, a video from 2019 appeared in the media. The scene happened in Japan, but it could be anywhere else and I would use the same words. I didn’t direct them towards any group. Sometimes I say this privately, but regardless of the origin of the people. I realize this video could offend a lot of people. For this reason, I sincerely apologize, he explained.