Antoine Griezmann, France forward, backtracks over 'insensitive' blackface tweet

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

The professional footballer, who plays internationally for France and as a forward for Atlético Madrid, showed off his costume on Twitter earlier today.

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Griezmann, who is white, had his face and limbs painted black and was also wearing a wig and holding a basketball in the photo. He's wearing an National Basketball Association 1969 All-Stars uniform.

However, in the end, the backlash proved too much, with Griezmann forced to delete the post across his social media platforms.

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At the time of this posting, the tweet had been retweeted more than 5,000 times and had more than 2,500 responses.

He endured a hard start to the current campaign, but has seen his production pick up over recent weeks, with the former Real Sociedad man having racked up 7 goals and 5 assists between La Liga and the Champions League to this point.

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He initially tried to temper the backlash by asking people to "calm down" and explaining it was merely a tribute to the Harlem Globetrotters.