Barcelona and France star Ousmane Dembele has been caught up in a racism controversy after appearing to mock Asian workers in a leaked video that has been widely shared on social media. Dembele and his Uefa Euro 2020 teammate Antoine Griezmann are shown in the video making comments as Asian technicians fix a television in a hotel room, with the clip being circulated on social media on Friday. The 24-year-old has been criticised for racism and classism over the content of the video with some social media users using the hashtag “Stop Asian Hate”. France winger Dembele appears to say to Griezmann: “All these ugly faces, just so you can play PES [Pro Evolution Soccer], aren’t you ashamed?” ah ouais ils sont comme ça Antoine Griezmann et Ousmane Dembélé ? #StopAsianHate pic.twitter.com/JJFBk6X0nZ — nahidul (@duatleti) July 1, 2021 “What kind of backward language is that?” Dembele asks, among other comments, such as, “Are you technologically advanced in your country or not?” He also laughs while zooming in on one of the workers, It appears that Dembele is the one recording the video while Griezmann laughs along after saying something inaudible at the beginning of the 42-second clip. Manchester City and Juventus show money spinning preseason Asia tours come at a cost The Barcelona pair have been playing for France at Euro 2020 but the video is believed to date back to 2019. Reports from the Netherlands suggest it was during the Spanish side’s tour to Japan that summer. Several versions of the video with Japanese subtitles were shared online, with some social media users identifying the victims of the abuse as Japanese. Barcelona have been sponsored by Japanese retail giants Rakuten since 2016. The deal to be the club’s main shirt sponsor is worth a reported US$64 million per year and was due to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season but the club exercised an option to extend it until the end of next season. If the video is indeed from a club tour to Asia then the pair would not be the first to fall foul for mocking workers in Asia. Coronavirus video lands Dele Alli in hot water with FA and Chinese football fans Chelsea’s Kenedy was sent home in disgrace after making videos where he made comments about a security guard in China. The Brazilian deleted his Instagram posts but the club apologised to the “Chinese people” over the incident in Beijing after being scorned by the Chinese Football Association . Griezmann is no stranger to controversy. He was criticised for wearing blackface while dressing as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters for a party in 2018. Chelsea apologise to ‘Chinese people’ after Kenedy posts social media slurs while on preseason tour in Beijing “Calm down friends, I am a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters and of that beautiful era, it is a tribute,” he said on Twitter, after sparking outrage. Griezmann later deleted the picture. “I admit it’s awkward from me,” he then wrote. “If I did hurt anybody, then I apologise.” Last year Griezmann ended his association with Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co over “strong suspicions” that they were using facial recognition to target the Muslim minority Uygurs in Xinjiang .