Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner slams 'haters' of Alex Morgan's tea-sipping homage

Count Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner among those not offended by Alex Morgan's tea-sipping celebration against England.

United States captain Morgan's reaction to her Women's World Cup semi-final winner against the Lionesses on Tuesday sparked outrage, with England international Lianne Sanderson among those critical.

Some saw it as a shot against the English, where the hot beverage has links to American independence after colonists dumped a shipment in the sea in an event known as the Boston Tea Party.

Morgan launched a staunch defence of the celebration on Friday, saying it was not a jibe at England but rather a homage to Turner - who played Sansa Stark in the hit television series Game of Thrones and is known to sign off social media videos by drinking tea.

Striker Morgan also accused her critics of "double standards" when "you see men celebrating all around the world in big tournaments, grabbing their sacks", with Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Simeone having both received fines, but comparatively less attention, for crotch-grabbing celebrations in last season's Champions League.

And Turner, born in Northampton, England, has supported Morgan in an Instagram story she posted while on honeymoon.

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Soccer Football - Women's World Cup - Semi Final - England v United States - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - July 2, 2019 Alex Morgan of the U.S. celebrates scoring their second goal with Rose Lavelle REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Soccer Football - Women's World Cup - Semi Final - England v United States - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - July 2, 2019 Alex Morgan of the U.S. celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Soccer Football - Women's World Cup - Semi Final - England v United States - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - July 2, 2019 Alex Morgan of the U.S. celebrates scoring their second goal as England's Carly Telford and Demi Stokes look dejected REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: The England starting lineup during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Christen Press of USA celebrates scoring the opening goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Christen Press of USA (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Alex Morgan of USA reacts during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Lucy Bronze of England during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Alex Morgan of USA celebrates scoring the winning goal with Tobin Heath during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Alex Morgan of USA celebrates scoring their 2nd goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Millie Bright of England is shown her 1st yellow card during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Alyssa Naeher of USA claims the ball as Ellen White of England looks on during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: England reserve squad poses for photos during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Ettie the mascot of Womens World Cup during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Ellen White of England reacts during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: USA squad celebrates with Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher of United States after winning the match during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Alex Morgan of United States (L) and Allie Long of United States (R) celebrates after winning the match during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Millie Bright of England consoles teammate Jill Scott of England following their team's defeat in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 02, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Ellen White (Birmingham City WFC) of England celebrates after scoring her sides first goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Carly Telford (Chelsea FCW) of England celebrates goal her teammate during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Phillip Neville head coach of England celebretes goal of his team during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Fran Kirby (Chelsea FCW) of England dejected after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Lucy Bronze (Olympique Lyon) of England dejected after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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"I feel like this deserves a mention," she said. "Unfortunately the UK [England] Women's football team lost at the World Cup, and of course I'm incredibly sad and incredibly proud of that team. But I am so honoured that we lost to such an incredible team - the US Women's football team.

"Alex Morgan, all those haters that are saying that this was disrespectful, I'm honoured that you thought of me and all those people that are hating on you are probably sitting at home, millennials, drinking kombucha, and I'm really f****** proud of you, Alex Morgan.

"Congratulations on your win - and that's the motherf****** tea."

Morgan posted Turner's video to her own Instagram account with the message "ILYSM! [I love you so much]. PS - CONGRATS!!"

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