French World Cup winner Christophe Dugarry apologises after branding Lionel Messi ‘a kid who’s 1.50 metres and half-autistic’ during EXPLOSIVE rant about out-of-form Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann
- Antoine Griezmann is in a bad run of form and is not in the Barcelona starting XI
- He appeared just two minutes from time as a substitute on Tuesday in LaLiga
- French analyst Christophe Dugarry said Griezmann was scared of Lionel Messi
- Dugarry has since apologised over calling Barca skipper Messi ‘half-autistic’
Christophe Dugarry has apologised after calling Barcelona captain Lionel Messi ‘a kid who’s 1.50 metres and half-autistic’, while launching an explosive rant about Antoine Griezmann.
Dugarry, a 1998 World Cup winner with France, was speaking to French outlet RMC Sport about Griezmann, who is out-of-favour with Barcelona manager Quique Setien, after he appeared just two minutes from time from the bench in the 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
His future is reportedly in doubt as a result, but it is Dugarry’s reference to Griezmann’s relationship with Barca skipper Messi which resulted in criticism of the former Barcelona and Birmingham man Dugarry.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was labelled ‘half-autistic’ during the rant about Antoine Griezmann
Christophe Dugarry has apologised after the explosive rant about the Barcelona pair
‘He [Griezmann] has lost confidence, his performances are not good,’ Dugarry, 48, said.
‘It’s true that Lionel Messi could give him a few more passes, but frankly it does not shock me. Griezmann loses the ball, he plays badly.
‘Griezmann can’t just go to Messi for them to solve their problems. Griezmann is afraid of who? Of a kid who’s 1.50 metres and half autistic? He just has to slap him in the face if there is a problem.’
Since, RMC have removed the foul-mouthed section from their podcast, while Dugarry has issued an apology.
‘I am sincerely sorry for the extent and the response to my comments on Lionel Messi,’ Dugarry posted on Twitter.
Messi and Griezmann have failed to link-up effectively recently, with Barca dropping points
Dugarry was a member of the France squad which won the 1998 World Cup on home soil
‘I did not want to stigmatise people with autism disorders, it was not my intention. I apologise to the people I offended and will do it again at 6pm on [RMC’s show] Team Duga this evening.’
Griezmann signed for the Catalans in a £107million move from Atletico Madrid last summer, but he has not performed as many would have expected and has been linked with an exit from the Nou Camp.
He has scored eight goals from 28 starts in LaLiga this season and has fallen out of favour since the restart, starting just one game in the last four.