After a video was leaked on social media which showed Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann appearing to mock Asian staff. Rakuten president Hiroshi Mikitani has demanded a full explanation from the club and wants to know if they’re planning on taking any action against the two players.
Mikitani wrote on social media, “As a sponsor of the club and the organiser of the tour, I regret the players’ racist remarks. Rakuten endorsed Barcelona’s philosophy and has supported the club as a sponsor, therefore such behaviour is unacceptable under any circumstances.
I will make a formal protest to the club and seek their views.” Mikitani is close friends with Gerard Pique and that led to the formalisation of a sponsorship agreement with the Catalan club.