Last night, the USA came out on top, beating England 2-1 in the women's world cup semi-final. Understandably, many England fans weren't too happy with the result, but there was something else that happened that caused, well, quite the stir.
It seems like Alex Morgan found herself caught up in some sporting controversy after her "tea drinking" celebration gesture has seen her branded "distasteful" and slammed for bad sportsmanship, and, of course, the internet has had a lot to say on the issue.
But, the sporting legend has just spoken out to defend herself, revealing the real reason for her jibe, and it's not what we were expecting...
The USA are on their way to the World Cup final.After beating the Lionesses 2-1, the team is in the piping line for winning the world cup.
But last night's game has been causing a lot of angst.
via: GettyUnderstandably, England fans were less than happy with the result, but that isn't actually why everyone was so annoyed (well, not completely anyway).
People have been slamming US forward player, Alex Morgan, for the way that she celebrated her game-winning goal.
via: GettyMorgan scored the goal in the 31st minute of the game after heading the ball into the net, making it her 6th goal of the tournament.
But take a look at what she did to celebrate.
#USWNT star Alex Morgan celebrates her goal against England by sipping on an imaginary cup of tea to mock the Engli… https://t.co/zhP9no6u8r— Joe Prince-Wright (@Joe Prince-Wright)1562096619.0
People were not impressed.
Alex Morgan drinking her English tea. #USWMNT #USA #WorldCup https://t.co/A8ZGCD6al2— Lolo Jones (@Lolo Jones)1562097077.0
Twitter went into a full-blown frenzy.Angry fans instantly took to Twitter to call out Morgan, flooding the platform with reactions. Just wait until you see what people were saying...
The move caused England forward, Lianne Sanderson, to weigh in on the issue.
Here's what she had to say...
☕ @liannesanderson calls Alex Morgan's tea sipping celebration "distasteful." 📺 Live now on HD11 #beINWWC… https://t.co/wGUydwWaLT— beIN SPORTS (@beIN SPORTS)1562097408.0
England fans angrily took to Twitter to slam Morgan for the celebration.
Sorry but Alex Morgan ‘sipping the tea’ was rude, petty and distasteful. Yeah, was a brilliant goal by a brilliant… https://t.co/IyPlmfxN3h— Millie (@Millie)1562102260.0
Although, at first, some people were a bit confused about her celebration.Many couldn't decide whether she was smoking something or sipping tea.
Morgan appears to have sparked a huge Twitter debate.Popcorn at the ready, this should be good...
It seems that many found the move to be a big turn off.
Woah. Alex Morgan was hot til she became muggy. Bad sportsmanship that— Godders (@Godders)1562096104.0
England fans were also quick to point out the inaccuracies in Morgan's jibe.
The most hilarious thing about Alex Morgan's celebration is that Americans think we're all about Downton Abbey and… https://t.co/s0OJPO30MS— Nooruddean (@Nooruddean)1562102087.0
Although many people disagreed, seeing the funny side of the gesture.Those criticizing Morgan have been told to "lighten up."
Some said that England fans need to "take a chill pill."
People need to lighten up and take a chill pill if they think @alexmorgan13 tea celebration was distasteful. I actu… https://t.co/qMgZjqURBA— DanielTheGaffer (@DanielTheGaffer)1562116732.0
Others thought that the issue ran deeper.
Alex Morgan can sip all the damn tea she wants 😂 #YallTooSensitive There are famous MALE soccer players from vario… https://t.co/wniDrfchiQ— The Daily Hashtag (@The Daily Hashtag)1562098650.0
And, of course, in true Twitter nature, the tea-sipping move has become quite the meme.We can't deny, some of the reactions are hilarious.
Alex Morgan is being hailed the "Queen of England" by some.
It’s crazy that the Queen of England and the President of the United States both play for the #USWNT. https://t.co/hgAbqRJFHi— Jimmy Mack (@Jimmy Mack)1562096573.0
Many of the memes centered around The Boston Tea Party.
Boston Tea Party (1773, colorized) #ENGUSA https://t.co/zqr17ass8H— Austin Brown (@Austin Brown)1562096922.0
Others simply couldn't believe how savage she was.
OH ALEX MORGAN WITH THE TEA!!!! SAVAGE! https://t.co/8bVgwogqgl— Pitching Tone (@Pitching Tone)1562095921.0
Although many England fans did not take to these comments well.After one user wrote about how the US had been "owning England since 1776," a fan was quick to fight back, sending a link to a match in which the England men's team beat America 3-0. Ouch.
So, with the whole of Twitter in some kind of trans-Atlantic debate, what did Alex Morgan herself have to say?
This team is special. Thanks for the bday love. Thanks for the rocking stadium. Thanks for continuing to believe wi… https://t.co/0P22hooCch— Alex Morgan (@Alex Morgan)1562110034.0
But it seems like her tweet simply sparked more outrage.
@alexmorgan13 Classless move today @alexmorgan13 . But I expect nothing less from this group of arrogant individual… https://t.co/MHpDQ1zd1p— Matthew 🇺🇸 (@Matthew 🇺🇸)1562111465.0
With people demanding a proper explanation, Alex Morgan has finally told us what she actually meant by the tea-sipping.
It seems that her tea-sipping wasn't a Britsh-themed trolling.The star said her "tea-drinking" celebration was a response to everything “thrown at" the United States during the Women’s World Cup.
Morgan explained that the gesture was a way of answering the team's critics.
via: gettyCritics have regularly accused Jill Ellis’ players of arrogance.
The striker said that her celebration was a way of having a dig at this.
via: Getty“I wanted to keep it interesting," she said. “I know Megan Rapinoe has the best celebration. I had to try and step up this game.
The US certainly hasn't taken an easy route, in fact, they've done quite the opposite.
via: GettyThe team has found itself at the center of a number of controversies, even before the tea-sipping scandal. For example, before yesterday's semi-final, Lionesses manager, Phil Neville, questioned the US’s “etiquette," having found two of their officials visiting private rooms at England’s team hotel. The US team also faced criticism for their first game of the tournament, after celebrating every goal in a record 13-0 victory over Thailand.
So, it turns out, Morgan wasn't having a dig at the Brits.
via: GettyThough we aren't sure that people will drop it so easily.