Swiss Soccer Player Michel Morganella Sent Home From Olympics For Racist Tweet
Last week, Greek triple-jump champion Voula Papachristou was banned from participating in the Olympics due to a racist Tweet that read, “with so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat homemade food.”
Now, Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella has become the second athlete to be sent home from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, after he posted a racist message on Twitter following his team’s 2-1 loss to South Korea.
Disgruntled with the barrage of boos he received throughout the match, along with what he defined as “provoking” comments sent to his Twitter account following the match, Morganella retaliated via the following Twitter message:
“Je les tous Defonce Coréens, allez vous tous Bruler, bande de trisos.”
According to the French speaking experts at 101GreatGoals.com, those words translate to “I want to beat up all South Koreans. Bunch of mentally handicapped retards” in English, which is certainly enough to get you expelled from the Games for failing to obey the Olympic Committee’s code of conduct, which requires all athletes to show a mutual respect for one another. And the last time I checked, calling someone a “handicapped retard” wasn’t a sign of respect in Switzerland, or any other country, for that matter.
According to reports, Morganella is already on his way home. He also had this to say after hearing about his punishment:
“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.”
Of course, he couldn’t issue that apology through his Twitter account, as it has since been deleted. And rightfully so.