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Barcelona's Griezmann loses Konami deal amid row on racist video

Soccer club sponsor Rakuten hits out at players' actions while on Japan trip

FC Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele play in a Champions League game in Budapest in December 2020. Rakuten is the shirt sponsor for the team.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- FC Barcelona sponsors Rakuten and Konami Holdings have spoken out against two players who were in a leaked video appearing to mock Japanese hotel employees.

Barcelona shirt sponsor Rakuten on Tuesday issued a statement expressing its disappointment over the incident. "These types of actions cannot be permitted under any circumstance," the online retailer said.

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