Switzerland expel player for Twitter comments
Switzerland’s Olympic football team has expelled defender Michel Morganella from the tournament for allegedly posting racist comments on Twitter.
An offensive message aimed at South Korean people was posted from his Twitter account after Switzerland lost 2-1 to the Koreans on Sunday.
“He discriminated, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korean football team and people,” said Swiss team head coach Gian Gilli.
The alleged message has been deleted.
Morganella, who plays for Italian side Palermo, has one senior cap for Switzerland.
Earlier this month, Greek triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou was expelled from her country’s Olympic team over comments she posted on Twitter which were deemed racist.
Morganella, 23, has started both games for Switzerland, who have taken just one point from a possible six in Group B.
Switzerland round off their group campaign against Mexico at the Millennium Stadium on Tuesday.
From BBC Sport