LYON, France — Alex Morgan returned the blow to the critics of his celebration of the goal against England in the semi-final of the World Cup, saying that the controversy is a proof of a double standard for women athletes.
After Morgan scored what ended up being the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory against England on Tuesday, ran into a flag in the corner and mimicked drinking a cup of tea.
In statements to the media on Friday, Morgan said that the celebration was in part a tribute to the English actress Sophie Turner. The former star of “Game of Thrones” is known for the stories of Instagram that offers opinions or comments on current events and is dismissed with the phrase “And that’s the tea,” before taking a cup.
As Morgan also said immediately after the game Tuesday, she reiterated on Friday that the celebration consisted in telling a story; in this case, the team took everything they had during the tournament.
“I feel that there is some kind of double standard for women in sports,” said Morgan, “to feel that we need to be humble in our successes and celebrate, but not too much or in a limited way. We see men celebrating around the world in major tournaments, grabbing their testicles or whatever. And when I look at a cup of tea, I’m surprised a little criticism”.
Morgan also said he was disappointed that his former team-mate of NWSL, Lianne Sanderson, were among those who criticized the front american. Sanderson, a former international England who works for beIn Sports during the World Cup, said that the celebration was “nasty”.
In other stories that involve the current theme of discontent with the american team, the midfielder from united States Lindsey Horan said he approached the captain of England’s Steph Houghton to apologize for interrupting unintentionally an interview following the game. Houghton interrupted an interview with talkSport after listening to Horan shouting congratulations to the archer american Alyssa Naeher in the background.
Naeher saved the penalty of Houghton in the 84th minute to preserve the advantage of the us.
“I had no intention of doing so,” said Horan. “Obviously, emotions arise after a game, and I was so excited for Alyssa. Was the saved biggest of his life, and I saw [Naeher] do an interview, and I wanted to cheer her up again. I had No idea of what was around me, so I hope that Steph knows”.
Morgan also asked about the plans of the team for a visit to the White House. Comments months ago posted during the World Cup, Megan Rapinoe told not to visit the White House if invited. Rapinoe added in a later statement that would encourage his teammates to “think a lot” about the acceptance of an invitation from the current administration.
Morgan and Rapinoe are two of the three capitanas of the united States, along with Carli Lloyd.
“I think we will make that decision after finishing the game on Sunday,” said Morgan. “I think there has been much talk prematurely about the White House and Trump, but first we have to do business. But [hasta donde vamos]I think you know the answer to that anyway.”
After that we published the comments of Rapinoe, the president Trump the criticized in a series of tweets and invited the whole team, regardless of the outcome of the tournament.
The united states will try to win its fourth World Cup title when they play against the Netherlands in Sunday’s final.