Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella has been expelled from the Olympics for sending a racist tweet following his country’s 2-1 loss to South Korea on Sunday.
“I want to beat up all South Koreans! Bunch of mentally handicapped retards!” his tweet said in a garbled form of text message/slang, according to 101 Great Goals.
Below is a look at the message:
It didn’t take Morganella long to realize how much he screwed up. He sent the following apology note on his Twitter account, which has been deleted:
“I wish to apologise to the people in South Korea and their team, but also to the Swiss delegation and Swiss football in general.”
After being expelled from the Games, Morganella released the following statement through Swiss Olympic:
“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”.
“After the disappointing result and the reaction from Korea that followed, I made a huge error,” Morganella added.
Morganella claimed he was under attack from fans on Twitter when he sent the message.
He is the second athlete expelled from the Olympics for a racist tweet, joining Greece triple jumper Voula Papachristou. Meanwhile, the backlash Lolo Jones faced for a relatively innocuous tweet now seems even more ridiculous.
H/T Black Sports Online for the tweetgrab