Swiss soccer player expelled from Olympics over Twitter post
LONDON, England ● Swiss football player Michel Morganella has been kicked out of the London Olympics, after making Twitter comments which “insulted” South Korea.
A message was posted from the 23-year-old’s social media account after Switzerland lost 2-1 to a South Korean side on Sunday.
“Michel Morganella, as a member of the Swiss Olympic team, discriminated, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korean football team and the South Korean people,” Gian Gilli, Swiss team chief, told reporters.
Gilli said Morganella’s comments were in direct violation of ethics codes.
The player’s tweet has been taken down and he has issued an apology.
“A positive point is that Michel recognises his error, he accepts the exclusion and he wants to learn from it,” Gilli said.
Morganella is not the first to be excluded from the London Olympics over Twitter comments.
A Greek triple jumper was expelled last week after posting a message which was considered to be racist.