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Swiss footballer kicked out of London Olympics

Published time: July 30, 2012 18:24
Edited time: July 30, 2012 22:24
Switzerland's Michel Morganella (AFP Photo / Paul Ellis)

Switzerland's Michel Morganella (AFP Photo / Paul Ellis)

Switzerland have expelled footballer Michel Morganella from the London Games after he racially abused the South Korean team on Twitter.

­The Swiss lost to South Korea 1-2 on Sunday, and the player let his frustration out on the web.

According to, the entry posted by Morganella said: “I want to beat up all South Koreans! Bunch of mentally handicapped retards!”

The 23-year-old later deleted the abusive tweet, but it had already been noticed by the press, as well as by his country’s sporting officials.

“He discriminated, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korean football team and the South Korean people,”
Gian Gilli, the Swiss team chief, told Reuters.

Morganella plays for Palermo in Italy’s Serie A. The defender made his debut for Switzerland’s senior team only two months ago.