Swiss Soccer Player Expelled From Olympics For Racist Tweet


In yet another example of poor sportmanship, Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella has been expelled from the Olympics after posting a racist message on Twitter. Swiss Olympic team chief Gian Gilli said that the 23-year-old Morganella is being stripped of his Olympic accreditation because he “discriminated against, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korea football team as well as the South Korean people.”

On Sunday, after losing 2-1 to South Korea’s soccer team, Morganella posted a tweet with a racist reference to South Koreans as “Mongoloids.” “Je défonce tous les Coréens, allez tous vous brûler bande de trisos” (“I want to beat up all the Koreans, a bunch of Mongoloids”), Morganella wrote @morgastoss. The account has since been deleted.

Besides being racist, Morganella’s tweet also made an offensive reference to individuals with intellectual disabilities and to Down Syndrome, which is also called Trisomy 21 as those with the disability have an extra copy of chromosome 21.

Last week, 23-year-old Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was expelled from the Games after posting a tweet with a racist remark about Africans in response to reports of an outbreak of the West Nile virus in Athens. While she has issued an apology, Papachristou (who was a longshot to win a medal) and her coach have complained that her expulsion was “excessive.” She has been saying that she is “very bitter and upset” after what happened, according to the Guardian.

Morganella has issued a statement. According to the Swiss daily Le Matin, Morganella says that he made a “huge mistake” and that he is “truly sorry for the people in South Korea, for the soccer players, but also for the Swiss delegation and Swiss soccer in general” and will “accept the consequences.”

Le Matin says that the Swiss soccer association is considering whether to pursue further sanctions against Morganella.


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colleen p.
colleen p.3 years ago

but what if the comment also was "I hate those Koreans, they eat dogs, I will beat them up"

they'd get 3 million green stars from care2 users!

Helen K.

He really should have known better.

Alan G.
Alan G.3 years ago

Perhaps countries should have a few education sessions with their athletes about proper social etiquette and media relations.

John B.
John B.3 years ago

These two athletes, Michel Morganella and Voula Papachristou need to vaccinated for "foot in mouth disease. Thanks Kristina for the article.

Vladimir M.
Vladimir M.3 years ago

There is nothing Olympian about "modern" Olympic games. The Olympic commitee is a bunch of greedy morons. No wonder I so dislike western civilization.

Lisa Zarafonetis
Lisa Zarafonetis3 years ago

I could care less! I just want the butterfly points.

Abbe A.
Azaima A.3 years ago

excellent punishment

A N M.
Anne m.3 years ago

What is wrong with those immature jerks anyway. Hey, if you don't want the world to read it, don't hang it out on the internet. This racist crap is just unacceptable.

Trudy C.
Trudy C.3 years ago

"I want to beat up all ... a bunch of Mongoloids" is more than a grumpy comment. It was a racist rant.

A grumpy comment and nothing more than an expression of sour grapes or frustration (that one might STILL be booted out for) would be something like, "Stupid Swiss cost me a medal." Swiss is an identifier.

But, "I want to all the Swiss!" is hatred against a group, see?

"Germans - I hate their Kraut guts." uses a demeaning ethnic slur = bad.

Anyone too dumb to keep racist opinions to him/her-self needs to grow up.

silja salonen
silja salonen3 years ago

the ousted greek is "bitter and upset"
the ousted swiss "made a huge mistake"

these athletes are suppose to be roll models
clearly they model an exceedingly poor example of true sportsmanship
for that alone they should and have been disqualified from participating
however, their lack of simple human dignity to another culture makes them suspect of a larger issue that of racism which is rampant - again they are suppose to be roll models