POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 31, 2012
Switzerland stripped a soccer player of his Olympic accreditation on Monday after he sent a threatening and racist message on Twitter about South Koreans. The comments by Michel Morganella came hours after the Swiss lost to South Korea 2-1 on Sunday.
The 23-year-old player said in the tweet that South Koreans "can go burn" and referred to them as a "bunch of mongoloids."
Swiss Olympic team chief Gian Gilli said via a translator at a news conference that Morganella "discriminated against, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korea football team as well as the South Korean people."
Morganella later released a contrite statement through the Swiss Olympic team: "I am sincerely sorry for the people of South Korea, for the players, but equally for the Swiss delegation and Swiss football in general. It's clear that I'm accepting the consequences."
Morganella is the second athlete kicked off an Olympic team in London for offensive Twitter comments. Last week, triple jumper Voula Papachristou was kicked off Greece's Olympic team for her comments on Twitter mocking African immigrants and expressing support for a far-right political party.
A Colombian soccer player was suspended for two games after U.S. forward Abby Wambach said she was "sucker-punched" in the right eye by Lady Andrade during a 3-0 U.S. win on Saturday.