Swiss footballer Michel Morganella has been expelled from the London Olympics for posting a racist message on social networking website Twitter.
Swiss Olympic team chief Gian Gilli said Morganella was being stripped of his Olympic accreditation ahead of Switzerland’s final group match against Mexico on Wednesday.
He “discriminated against, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korea football team as well as the South Korean people”, Gill said through a translator at a news conference on Monday.
Morganella, a defender for Italian club Palermo, posted an offensive and threatening message aimed at South Korean people after Switzerland lost 2-1 to South Korea on Sunday.
Swiss daily Le Matin published images of a tweet from his account, which has since been deleted.
“I’m going to beat up every Korean - they can all go burn. Bunch of mongoloids [trisos – a pejorative French term for people with Down’s syndrome].” Full story...