America’sWorld Cup women’s football teamhas been labelled “disgusting” after sparking a global backlash for wildly celebrating every goal in their 13-0 defeat of Thailand.
England’s biggest rivals left their opponents in tears after they thrashed the minnows in Reims, France on Tuesday night and reacted to each goal as if it were their first.
Even the substitutes joined arms and jumped up and down while high fiving onfield players.
Commentators and fans onTwitterdescribed the jubilant celebrations as unsporting.
On Canadian sports channel, TSN, former Canada players Clare Rustad and Kaylyn Kyle blasted the US team.
“I just think they could have won with some humility and grace, and they just couldn’t manage to do that,’ Rustad said.
“Celebrating goals later in the game like this is just completely unnecessary. What is this?”
Kyle agreed, saying: “They’re the No. 1 team in the world and for me, I’m disgusted, honestly.”
Even America’s former internationals criticised the over the top celebrations
Former American international Taylor Twellman attacked the team on social media, believing the women’s team were disrespectful.
“Celebrating goals (like #9) leaves a sour taste in my mouth like many of you. Curious to see if anyone apologises for this postgame,” former men’s star Twellman tweeted.
One fan wrote: “There is a difference between racking up goals cos you are a better team – that’s fine, it’s a World Cup and aiming for goal difference and all that. But being dicks in the celebration of it just classless to me.
After the match captain, Megan Rapinoe was forced to defend her team’s actions.
“Obviously we have the utmost respect for everyone we play, but it’s the World Cup,” she said.
US coach Jill Ellis said she wondered if a 10-0 victory in a men’s World Cup would elicit the same questions.
“This is a world championship, so every team here has been fantastic to get to this point. And I think that to be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents, and as Alex said, it’s a tournament where goal differential is important,” Ellis said.
Former US player Abby Wambach added: “For all that have issue with many goals: for some players, this is their first World Cup goal, and they should be excited.
“Imagine it being you out there. This is your dream of playing and then scoring in a World Cup. Celebrate. Would you tell a men’s team to not score or celebrate?”