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Megan Rapinoe Fumes At US Capitol Rioter Wearing Women's National Team Shirt

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Megan Rapinoe Fumes At US Capitol Rioter Wearing Women's National Team Shirt

Megan Rapinoe has voiced her concerns after pictures emerged online of a protestor wearing a US Women's National Team (USWNT) jumper during last week's Capitol invasion.

With more footage of the riots surfacing on social media everyday, police have already began charging people for their roles while other American citizens have continued to publicly name and shame them.

But it appears the latest viral image to be plastered all over Twitter, Facebook and Instagram doesn't sit too well with legendary footballer Rapinoe.

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In a newly-published photograph, one woman can be seen donning a USWNT shirt as well as a Donald Trump-branded face mask while attending the Washington march.

And while the individual is yet to be identified, this didn't stop World Cup-winner Rapinoe from having her say on the matter.

"I feel like I can probably speak on behalf of a lot of my teammates," Rapinoe said.

"That is not the kind of fan that we will welcome. The US crest is not to be confused with anything that has to do with white supremacy, anything that has to do with the Trump administration, anything that has to do with that divisive culture that we saw on the Capitol.

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Rapinoe pictured with Lionel Messi after being awarded Women's Best Player of the Year. Image: PA Images
Rapinoe pictured with Lionel Messi after being awarded Women's Best Player of the Year. Image: PA Images

"I saw the picture. We want to create, and continue to create, a place that is inclusive and safe and diverse for our fans and for our players to play in front of and for people to watch on TV and for the media to cover.

"So don't bring that bulls*** here."

35-year-old Rapinoe - who is currently training with the women's national team ahead of their game against Colombia - has never shied away from criticising the outgoing US president and his supporters.

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And knowing that she is one of the most decorated and popular athletes in history, Trump has hit back on multiple occasions too.

There's clearly no love lost between the two, but after witnessing the events unfold in Washington last week even Rapinoe admits that she couldn't quite believe what she was seeing.

Donald Trump. Credit: PA
Donald Trump. Credit: PA

"In almost a week out from January 6, which will certainly and rightfully so live on in the echoes of American history forever, it's just striking how horrible it was and how insane it was," she said.

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"A white supremacist mob is nothing new to America as people of colour, Black and brown, know very well. All the calls for unity moving forward obviously cannot come without justice. If we don't punish this and investigate this to the fullest extent, it only encourages more of this to happen."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: US Politics, Women's World Cup, World Cup, Donald Trump, Australia, Megan Rapinoe

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