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Swiss Athlete Expelled From Olympics For Racist Tweet

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Swiss Athlete Expelled From Olympics For Racist Tweet
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Another Olympian has been sent home from the London Games because of his inability to control his thumbs.

Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella was dismissed from the Olympics on Monday as the result of a tweet he posted after his team suffered defeat at the hands of the South Koreans.

Reuters reports that the offensive tweet, which was deemed racist and highly offensive began “I punch you, South Koreans, go burn…” Another report claims that the tweet referred to the Korean players as “a bunch of mentally handicapped retards.”

“Je les tous Defonce Coréens, allez vous tous Bruler, bande de trisos!” he reportedly tweeted.

Morganella’s account has been deactivated, but Le Matin grabbed a screencap of another tweet directed toward the South Koreans before that could happen:

In a statement, head of the Swiss Olympic team Gian Gilli said that,

“As a member of the Swiss Olympic mission he gravely discriminated, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korean football team and the South Korean people.”

Morganella has officially lost all of his Olympic accreditation and will not compete in any more of the 2012 London Games.

The official social media guidelines put out by the International Olympic Committee state that all tweets, Facebook posts, blog posts, etc. “should at all times conform to the Olympic spirit and fundamental principles of Olympism as contained in the Olympic Charter, be dignified and in good taste, and not contain vulgar or obscene words or images.”

I think we can agree the Morganella’s tweet was outside the realm of good taste.

Twitter is a minefield for public figures, especially athletes – and these Olympics are showing it. Before the Games even began, Greek triple-jumper Voula Papachristou was banned from participating thanks to a racist tweet of her own.

“With so many Africans in Greece … at least the West Nile mosquitos will eat homemade food!!!” she tweeted.

Although Papachristou has claimed that her punishment was a little too severe, Morganella has apologized and said that he accepts the consequences of his tweet.

Swiss Athlete Expelled From Olympics For Racist Tweet
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  • Lauren

    People are being way too sensitive. Yeah the first guy was being dumb and got what he deserved but the west nile comment wasn’t racist. She was literally referring to the origin of the disease and talking about the people who come from there. There wasn’t anything in there talking about racism. She was talking about their nationality, not race and it wasn’t insulting or anything.

  • http://yahoo chris doss

    Michael set the bar 4 years ago, and the atheletes competing trained in the hopes of beating his triumps, and they are succeeding. Michael will rebound as he always does and give the Americans their hero back.

  • Petra

    Apparently he read the same sociology book I had when in college in the late 50s. It stated that there were three race groups: Causacoid; Mongoloid; Negroid. I fail to see where the use of the word Mongoloid is in error. What if they had been European? Would calling them Causacoid have been racist? However, he is guilty of poor sportsmanship!

  • dinod

    You be real stupid Lauren

  • http://yahoo.com Lou Welke

    It’s unfortunate that when a person has the chance of a lifetime to be a olympiad that it goes to their head and they say things that can’t be taken back easily.
    It’s almost like getting a dream job and then doing something that gets you fired.

  • FRANK

    WHEN DID WORDS HAVE POWER, THIS GENERATION OF WHINEY ASSES IS BLOWING MY MIND. YOU ARE NOT THE FIRST OR ONLY GENERATION TO BE BULLIED EITHER PHYSICALLY,VERBALLY OR EMOTIONALLY:HOWEVER THIS IS THE FIRST GENERATION THAT SEEMS UNABLE TO DEAL WITH IT. WHO CARES WHAT SOME IDIOT SAYS, TOUGHEN UP. ” STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES BUT WORDS WILL NEVER KILL ME”. LIGHTEN UP YOU _UCKING CRY BABIES.

  • wendy

    sitcks and friggin stones. Stop emasculating men. I am quite sure they can take this bravado without bleeding. You need the New Zelanders Haka out there for intimidation. It is how men do it!

    • Dan

      Or the Hawaii Warrior football team (American football).:)

  • Loren

    In the Spirit of an Olympian…you should be the best, in always that your country has to offer. Yes, words are power! The simple rule for these “OLYMPIANS” need to remember is not “sticks and stones…” but ” If you have nothing good to say…say nothing at all”…..Certainly not in a tweet or on facebook. Think!

  • Scott

    So what is the count for expelled athletes?

  • PDH

    Too many make the mistake of expecting that a person who has been gifted with the athletic abilities to become an Olympian or prefessional athelete, they should also posess the intellegence and grace to be a respectable human being.