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London Olympics 2012: Morganella Expelled From Games

Submitted by on July 31, 2012 – 5:23 pm Comments

Michael at a matchCyber Bulling is a HUGE Campaign, in fact on any TV station that interacts with children and teens, you see countless Public Service Announcements on being safe online and watching what you say. “Because what you say online cannot be taken back, EVERYONE can see it, and its effects can be even worse than your typical school yard bullying because it doesn’t just stop at the end of the day.”

So what happened yesterday when Switzerland lost to South Korea in Soccer? Twenty-Three year old Michel Morganella took to twitter to express his anger and outrage. Only Morganella took just being a “poor sport” to a whole new level by making a racist remark and completely demeaning the South Korean Team. I wonder if he realizes that unsportsmanlike conduct is not an Olympic Event? Part of the tweet in question said “I punch you, South Koreans, go burn …” As you can see where that was going, and it only got worse.

The Swiss Team and the Olympic Officials did not take his twitter outburst lightly, Morganella, has since been expelled from the Swiss Team, has been stripped of all Olympic Accreditation, and is no long allowed to participate in any future Olympic events.  Gian Gilli states that “even though he (Morganella) was provoked on Twitter, his response was unacceptable.”  Morganella did apologize for his actions after the fact stating “I apologize sincerely to the people of South Korea, to the players, but equally to the Swiss delegation and Swiss football in general. It’s clear that I’m accepting the consequences.”

Morganella, however is the second Olympian to be sent home for Twitter explosions, Greek Triple Jumper, Paraskevi Papachristou was thrown off her Team two days before the Olympics opened up for Twitter comments regarding African immigrants in Greece.  What is interesting to me is that the fencer from South Korea, even though she has every right to be upset, because she lost out on her chance at gold because of something that realistically wasn’t her fault and there are no demeaning comments towards the German fencer who swooped in and took her spot. So clearly the issue is a lack of self-control when it comes to social media, and in the public eye that is disastrous.

With emotions running high during a competition such as the Olympics, it would stand to reason to stay AWAY from social media such as Twitter and Facebook, especially if you have a short fuse. It is like Mom always says “If you do not have anything nice to say, do not say anything at all.” I would seem today’s youth have forgotten that.

Kimberly Bureau

Mother of two girls and loves everything about Celebrity News. Writer of “What The Hell”.

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