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

By Graham Dunbar

Published July 30, 2012 4:49PM (EDT)

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.

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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