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USA superstar Alex Morgan has fired back at the unfair criticism she has received in the Women's World Cup.
Morgan, 30, came under fire for her 'teacup' celebration when she scored against England in the defending champions' 2-1 semi-final win.
But now the US striker has called out the 'double standards' in the sport and pointed to Diego Simeone and Cristiano Ronaldo doing the 'cojones' celebration as the prime example.
"You see men celebrating all around the world in big tournaments, grabbing their sacks or whatever it is," she said.
"And when I look at sipping a cup of tea, I'm a little taken aback ... You have to laugh about it, to see all the criticism."
Alex Morgan defends her 'tea drinking' celebration- Football Daily (@footballdaily) 5 July 2019
:speaking_head:"There are double standards put on female players" pic.twitter.com/JMjo1RFTMS
#USA's Alex Morgan: 'You see men celebrating all around the world in big tournaments, grabbing their sacks or whatever it is. And when I look at sipping a cup of tea, I'm a little taken aback ... You have to laugh about it, to see all the criticism' #FifaWWC pic.twitter.com/e27gRb3TmF- Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) 5 July 2019
Simeone pulled out his cojones celebration, which he did as a Lazio player, when Atlético Madrid won 2-0 against Juventus in their first-leg Champions League clash last season.
And Portuguese superstar Ronaldo, 34, used the same celebration against Simeone's men when his hat-trick in the return leg fired Juventus into the quarter-finals.
Morgan, who is tied for the World Cup's top scorer alongside England's Ellen White at six apiece, revealed the meaning behind her tea-drinking celebration.
"I feel like we didn't take an easy route through this tournament and 'that's the tea,'" she said.
"I know Megan Rapinoe has the best celebration. I had to try and step up this game."
BREAKING NEWS: @alexmorgan13 is now the Queen of England after sipping tea as a celebration.
- 929ESPN (@929espn) 2 July 2019
Congrats to the #USWNT for earning that tea. On to the final! :flag_us: pic.twitter.com/nI8HoMjN1D
- Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) 2 July 2019
Jill Ellis' women have been criticised in the tournament for their celebrations, including when Carli Lloyd did her 'golf clap' in the USA's 13-0 demolition of Thailand in their first match.
The US will be hoping to successfully defend their championship crown on Sunday when they take on the Netherlands at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
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