Swiss soccer player ejected from Olympics for racist tweet

Posted Jul 30, 2012 by Darren Weir
A second Olympic athlete has been sent home for racist comments on Twitter. Today Swiss Soccer player Michel Morganella was stripped of his Olympic credentials for a tweet about South Koreans.
Michel Morganella  right  a soccer player for Switzerland
Michel Morganella, right, a soccer player for Switzerland
He went on Twitter soon after Switzerland lost their soccer match to South Korea, making what the Swiss Olympic chief calls racist and threatening remarks. Through a translator, Gian Gilli says Morganella "discriminated against, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korea football team as well as the South Korean people."
The Huffington Post says Morganella posted a message on Twitter after his team lost 2-1 against South Korea on Sunday. He said South Koreans "can go burn" and referred to them as a "bunch of mongoloids."
tweet that got Michel Morgenella expelled from Olympics
tweet that got Michel Morgenella expelled from Olympics
Fabian Landeros/Twitter
The BBC quotes Switzerland's head coach Gian Gilli saying, "He discriminated, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korean football team and people."
ESPN says Coach Gilli has tried to contact the head of the South Korean team. "We would like to apologize, especially to the South Korea National Olympic Committee and the South Korea Football Association for the behavior of the player."
ESPN reports the 23-year old has issued a statement of apology."I am sincerely sorry for the people of South Korea, for the players, but equally for the Swiss delegation and Swiss football in general. It's clear that I'm accepting the consequences." "After the disappointing result and the reaction from Korea that followed, I made a huge error."
Earlier this month, Greek triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou was kicked off Greece's Olympic team over tweets she posted on Twitter that team officials declared were racist. She apologised for what she called an "unfortunate and tasteless joke".
Not surprising, Morganella's ejection is a popular topic on Twitter with many calling it his "Twitter meltdown" and telling athletes to wise up. Some suggest athletes should just stop tweeting.
The IOC encourages the 10,800 athletes to engage with fans through social media, but there is a code of conduct that the athletes are expected to abide by.