Swiss Olympic team expels player for racist tweet

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By GRAHAM DUNBAR, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella has been expelled from the London Olympics for posting a racist message on Twitter.

Swiss Olympic team chief Gian Gilli says Morganella is being stripped of his Olympic accreditation ahead of Switzerland's final group match against Mexico on Wednesday.

Morganella posted what the Swiss officials called an offensive and threatening message aimed at South Korean people after the Swiss team lost 2-1 to South Korea on Sunday.

The Swiss daily Le Matin published images of a tweet from the player's account (at)morgastoss. The account has since been deleted.

The 23-year-old defender is the second Olympic athlete to be kicked off a team for offensive Twitter comments.

Greece dropped triple jumper Voula Papachristou last week after she posted a comment mocking African immigrants.

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LONDON (AP) — A Swiss soccer player could be expelled from the Olympics for allegedly sending a racist message on Twitter.

Swiss media reported that Michel Morganella posted an offensive message about South Korean people after the Swiss team lost 2-1 to South Korea on Sunday.

Team chief Gian Gilli is considering the case, Swiss Olympic committee spokesman Christof Kaufmann told The Associated Press. The Swiss newspaper Le Matin published images of a tweet from the account (at)morgastoss that has since been deleted.

Morganella, a 23-year-old defender, would become the second Olympic athlete kicked off a team for offensive Twitter comments. Greece dropped triple jumper Voula Papachristou last week after she posted a comment mocking African immigrants.

The International Olympic Committee has encouraged the 10,800 athletes at the London Games to communicate with fans through social media. It also issued guidelines on the standards of behavior it expected.

Morganella has played the full 90 minutes in both of Switzerland's games. He received a yellow card against South Korea in a match in Coventry. The Swiss drew 1-1 with Gabon in Newcastle on Thursday.

He debuted with the senior national team in May and plays for the Italian league club Palermo.

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