Posted: Thursday January 31, 2013 9:53 AM

Swiss defender recalled after Olympic Twitter row

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BERN, Switzerland (AP) -Michel Morganella has been selected by Switzerland for the first time since being expelled from the London Olympics for writing an offensive Twitter message.

The 23-year-old defender is in coach Ottmar Hitzfeld's 22-player squad to play Greece in a friendly in Athens next Wednesday.

Last July, the Swiss Olympic team said Morganella "insulted and violated the dignity'' of South Korean people after losing 2-1 in a match between the countries.

Morganella says he wants to justify his selection by "showing I have learned from my errors committed at the Olympic Games.''

Morganella, who plays for Italian club Palermo, made his senior debut for Switzerland last May.

Switzerland leads its World Cup qualifying group, and plays Greece to prepare for a March 23 qualifier at Cyprus.

 
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