Swiss soccer player booted off Olympic team for discriminatory tweet
Following Switzerland’s 2-1 loss to South Korea in the Olympic men’s soccer tournament on Sunday, 23-year-old Swiss defender Michel Morganella expressed his frustration with a discriminatory tweet that has gotten him expelled from the squad and sent home by Swiss team officials.
The message, which said that Koreans should “burn themselves” and described them as “retards” was followed by an apology in English before Morganella’s @morgastoss account was deleted from the social networking site, but after a quick investigation, the Swiss team chief decided that this required further action.
“He discriminated, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korean football team and the South Korean people,” Swiss team chief Gian Gilli told reporters.
This makes Morganella the second Olympic athlete to be dropped from the Games for a racially charged tweet after Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was left in Athens last week for her attempt at a joke about Africans in Greece.
Morganella was booed during the match against South Korea and at one point feigned injury after a non-challenge from Park Chu Young. Morganella was shown a yellow card in the 67th minute. Switzerland currently sit third in Group B with one point, out of the top two advancing spots held by Mexico and South Korea, who both have four points. Switzerland’s final group-stage match will come against Mexico on Wednesday.