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Swiss athlete kicked off team

By Associated Press


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.

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daniwitz13 wrote:
Yet Again the thought and word Police PUNISH people free speech and Freedom in general. Like walking on egg shells. Pity.
on July 31,2012 | 10:32AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Don't worry daniwitz13, since you are a nobody you can say anything you want.
on July 31,2012 | 06:14PM
Eradication wrote:
People can say or tweet anything they want. No problem. It's just that one must be prepared to deal with the consequences of their words and actions. Feel free to express your hate and bigotry. The normal people choose not to accept it as is their right.
on July 31,2012 | 10:07PM
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