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Swiss Soccer Player Expelled From Olympics For Racist Tweet

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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10:48AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

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!

9:01PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

He really should have known better.

7:48PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

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

5:18PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

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

4:52PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

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

3:47PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

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

3:39PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

excellent punishment

1:59PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

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.

9:44AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Let a white say hi to a black and they will say it's racist so don't bother.

9:30AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

"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.



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