Swiss Footballer Becomes Second Racist Tweeter Cut from Olympics
By Community | July 31, 2012
A second athlete has been expelled from his team following comments on Twitter with Switzerland footballer Michel Morganella being the latest victim.
Switzerland stripped Michel Morganella from their London Olympics team after he posted a racist message on Twitter.
Morganella was part of the Swiss team that was defeated by South Korea 2-1 on Sunday.
After the game he posted on Twitter: “I am going to batter the Koreans, burn them all… bunch of ‘trisos’.”
Trisos is a French slang word for people with Down’s Syndrome.
His remarks were met with firm action from the Swiss Olympic Team as their team chief Gian Gilli held a press conference on Monday.
Of the post, he said, they “discriminated against, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korea football team as well as the South Korean people”.
Swiss newspaper Le Matin published the tweets from the players account but the tweets have since been deleted following the furore.
The 23-year-old defender is the second Olympic athlete kicked off a team for offensive Twitter comments.
Greece dropped triple jumper Voula Papachristou last week after she posted a comment mocking African immigrants.