Dugarry makes excuse after ‘rant’ on calling Lionel Messi ‘half autistic’

Former FC Barcelona and France striker Christophe Dugarry has filed an excuse on social media after he made some heavy comments towards Lionel Messi on RMC Sport. Dugarry referred to the Argentinian forward as ‘1.5m tall kid’ who is ‘half autistic’ as he talked about Antoine Griezmann‘s struggles at the Nou Camp.

“What is [Griezmann] afraid of? A kid who is 1.5 metres tall and half autistic?” the 1998 World Cup winner said. “All he has to do is show some balls at some point. I’ve been saying for a year that he has a problem with Messi. He has to hit him in the face.”

“It’s true that Messi could give him more passes, but honestly I am not surprised. Griezmann loses balls, doesn’t play with confidence. Griezmann should go and talk to Messi to solve the problem.” Dugarry’s comments have caused quite a stir throughout the football world and he has since issued an apology.

“I’m sincerely sorry for the breadth and depth of my remarks about Lionel Messi,” he tweeted. “I didn’t want to stigmatise people with autism disorders, that was not my intention. I apologise to the people I shocked and will do it again (apologise) on Team Duga (TV show) this evening.”

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