Swiss Olympic team expels player for racist tweet

Swiss player Michel Morganella is being stripped of his Olympic accreditation due to racist messages on Twitter


Graham Dunbar
July 30, 2012 8:49PM (UTC)

LONDON (AP) — Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella has been expelled from the London Olympics for posting a racist message on Twitter.

Swiss Olympic team chief Gian Gilli says Morganella is being stripped of his Olympic accreditation ahead of Switzerland's final group match against Mexico on Wednesday.

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Morganella posted what the Swiss officials called an offensive and threatening message aimed at South Korean people after the Swiss team lost 2-1 to South Korea on Sunday.

The Swiss daily Le Matin published images of a tweet from the player's account (at)morgastoss. The account has since been deleted.

The 23-year-old defender is the second Olympic athlete to be kicked off a team for offensive Twitter comments.

Greece dropped triple jumper Voula Papachristou last week after she posted a comment mocking African immigrants.

 


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