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In the aftermath of England’s spectacular triumph, Lineker’s tweet landed him in slight bother as many people were unhappy about the joke he made.
Lineker wrote on his Twitter page: “The @Lionesses have only gone and done it, and Kelly is England’s heroine, bra none.”
As expected, many people including fans and journalists have replied to Lineker to express their disapproval of his ill timed tweet.
Journalist Flo Lloyd-Hughes replied to the Match of the Day presenter saying: “Ew. From a man that has had so much power and influence and never used it to support women’s football. Yikes!”
One fan wrote: “Seriously Gary..... biggest moment in women's football and you choose to make a joke about her sports bra, give your head a wobble.”
Another added: “Seriously Gary? An epic win, a game-changer for women's sport, a call to arms for young girls who have been told they can't. And you minimise this glory down to a joke about a women's clothing/underwear.
“Casual sexism is rife here and the @Lionesses deserve better!”
One person asked Lineker to apologise for his tweet: “Please apologise for and condemn the sexist responses to your now deleted badly judged tweet.”
Lineker replied with: “It was just a play on words given the celebration. I do rubbish like that constantly on here, including on men’s football. I’ve deleted it as many people didn’t see the game so missed the context.”
It was just a play on words given the celebration. I do rubbish like that constantly on here, including on men’s football. I’ve deleted it as many people didnt see the game so missed the context.— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) August 1, 2022
The Lionesses ended England’s 56 year wait for a major title as they concluded their inspirational Euro 2022 journey with a stunning extra time victory over Germany to lift the trophy.
Sarina Wiegman’s side took the lead in the second half thanks to a superbly executed chip by substitute Ella Toone, the Germans found their equaliser in the 79th minute as Lina Magull finished off a fine move at the near post. The match ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, but England were not to be denied.
Chloe Kelly notched her first ever senior international goal after a chaotic goal mouth scramble in the 110th minute. Wild celebrations began as England were just 10 minutes away from lifting their first ever major trophy.
The Lionesses held on and sent the country into a huge frenzy as the nation celebrated the monumental achievement by Weigman’s team.
On Monday afternoon the squad will celebrate their victory with a fans at London's Trafalgar Square, thousands of fans are expected to turn up.