Another Olympic participant booted out of competition for racist tweet
Switzerland footballer Michel Morganella has been sent home from the Olympics after racially abusing South Korea’s players on Twitter, team officials confirmed on Monday.
Morganella had directed an offensive jibe at South Korea’s players after Switzerland’s 2-1 defeat to the Asian giants on Sunday.
“Michel Morganella has discriminated against, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korean football team, as well as the South Korean people,” said Switzerland Olympic team chef de mission Gian Gilli.
In a post on Twitter that was later deleted, Morganella wrote: “I am going to batter the Koreans, burn them all… bunch of ‘trisos’.”
‘Trisos’ is a French slang word for people born with Down’s Syndrome.
Morganella, a 23-year-old defender who plays his club football in Italy with Palermo, made the remarks after Switzerland’s defeat to Korea
“While the committee felt that Michel had been provoked on his Twitter account and that he has publicly apologised, the Swiss Olympic Committee and Swiss Football Association condemn Morganella’s actions to the fullest.”