Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Swiss Footballer expelled for Insulting Tweet

Swiss player Michel Morganella was expelled from the Olympics on Monday for tweeting a message that the Swiss team said "gravely insulted and violated" the dignity of South Korea once his team's 2-1 defeat daily earlier.

"As a member of the Swiss Olympic mission he gravely discriminated, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korean soccer team and therefore the South Korean folks," Swiss team chief Gian Gilli told reporters.

The 23-year-old is that the second athlete to be expelled by their own team over a racist Twitter comment at the primary Games where social media are an integral a part of the athletes' daily lives.

Greek triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou was thrown out of her nation's team last week, 2 days before the Games started for a racist comment concerning African immigrants in Greece.

In his message, with some syllables jumbled, that he was expelled, Morganella said on Monday morning: "I punch you, South Koreans, go burn..." the remainder of the message was thought-about sufficiently offensive by the Swiss team for Morganella to be sent home.

Gilli, who solely browse out an announcement in German and failed to take any queries, said Morganella's comments were in direct violation of the International Olympic Committee's and therefore the Swiss team's ethics codes.

He said Morganella, who has already left London, had been "provoked" on Twitter however his response was unacceptable.

"As a consequence of this behavior Michel Morganella, having conferred with the Swiss soccer Association, is straight away stripped of his Olympic accreditation and every one future participation within the Olympic tournament.

"The Swiss team can currently focus entirely on successive match. I would like the team inner peace and serenity," Gilli said.

Player apologizes

The player himself said he accepted the sanction and apologized.

"I created an enormous mistake once the disappointing result. I would like to apologize to the folks in South Korea and their team, however additionally to the Swiss delegation and Swiss soccer generally. I clearly settle for the implications for my actions."

The Swiss, third in cluster B, play Mexico in their next game on Aug. one that is additionally Switzerland's national day.

Gilli said he had additionally - unsuccessfully - tried to contact the Korean team.

"We would love to apologize, particularly to the South Korea National Olympic Committee and therefore the South Korea soccer Association for the behavior of the player," he said.

"We hope that he can draw the mandatory lessons for his still young soccer career," he said of Morganella.

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