Another one bites the dust…
Swiss Olympic Soccer Player Sent Home After Racist Tweets About South Koreans
Less than one week after after a female Greek Olympian was dismissed from the games, Swiss Soccer Player Michel Morganella was sent packing for racial slurs he used in a tweet after a loss to the South Korean team.
Translated from French, Morganella’s tweet said he wanted to beat up South Koreans, that they should “burn” and that they were a “bunch of mongoloids.”
Last week, Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou, a right-wing political supporter, was expelled by Greek athletic officials after she mocked African immigrants.
Offensive remarks are in breach of the International Olympic Committee’s code of ethics.
In Morganella’s case, he “discriminated against, insulted and violated the dignity” of the South Korean team, as well as the nation’s citizens, Swiss committee chief Gian Gilli said Monday in a statement at a news conference.
Morganella later apologized through a statement released by Gilli:
The 23-year-old player later released a contrite statement through Swiss Olympic.
“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,” Morganella added.
Gilli said the player had been “provoked” by comments sent to his Twitter account after the match.
Still, the Swiss team leader acknowledged that Morganella had to be sent home under the terms of the International Olympic Committee’s code of conduct, which requires athletes to show mutual respect.
“In this case, we felt we have no alternative,” Gilli said.
This jerk really has no excuse, especially since everyone already saw that Greek chick kick rocks last week. SMH. Ho Sit Down.