Antoine Griezmann slammed racist comments about Ansu Fati in the Spanish press following a 5-1 victory in the Champions League over Ferencvaros on Tuesday.
The 17-year-old attacker had a strong showing at Camp Nou as he scored the club’s second goal just after a half-time run by Philippe Coutinho for Barca’s third goal.
Despite the great success of Fati, Spain was subjected to racist reporting by ABC, the Spanish newspaper’s source.
“Ansu was close to scoring with the kick of a pure striker, fully turning his body around. Ansu, while running, had something similar to a gazelle, looked like a young black street vendor, the one you could see running in the Paseo de Gracia yelling” water, water “when the cops arrived,” the report read.
“Postcards of the jungle in the heart of the city. Now, because of Ada Colau [Mayor of Barcelona], the offenders are the police and not the street vendors, who don’t need to run away fast. It’s real that without visitors, their business is going down.”
The surprising comments were made by Griezmann, who was swift to shame the social media outlet and rush to the defense of his young co-worker.
“Ansu is an outstanding boy who deserves respect just like any other human being,” Griezmann said on Twitter. “No to bigotry and no to the wrong etiquette.”
After breaking through last season at Camp Nou, Fati has enjoyed a stellar start to the 2020-21 campaign and is currently Barcelona’s top goalscorer in all competitions.