You see men grabbing their sacks - Alex Morgan blasts tea-sipping critics over double standards

Alex Morgan has accused her goal celebration critics of "double standards", with the United States striker perplexed at why her tea sipping caused such a stir when men are "grabbing their sacks".

USA captain Morgan celebrated scoring a Women's World Cup semi-final winner against England by lifting her little finger and pretending to sip tea, a popular beverage in the country of her opponents and one linked to American independence after a shipment of the drink was dumped in the sea by colonists in an event known as the Boston Tea Party.

She was called "distasteful" and "disrespectful" by her former Orlando Pride team-mate and England international Lianne Sanderson, who is working at the tournament as a pundit for beIN SPORTS, while television presenter Piers Morgan said her celebration was "bordering on a declaration of war".

Yet the forward hit back on Friday, saying it was not a shot at England and suggesting that those lamenting her were sexist given the lack of comparative uproar over Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Simeone's crotch-grabbing celebrations in last year's Champions League, which did result in fines for both.

"My celebration was actually more about, 'That's the tea', which is telling a story, spreading news," Morgan said.

"Sophie Turner does it quite often, she's one of my favourite actresses, so it wasn't a hit to England in any way.

"I feel that there is some sort of double standard for females in sports to feel like we have to be humble in our successes and have to celebrate, but not too much, and have to do something but it always has to be in a limited fashion.

"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 of the criticism."

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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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Morgan was particularly unimpressed with Juventus forward Sanderson's opinion, given they played together in 2016.

"I'm a little disappointed in that and obviously we were team-mates at Orlando Pride so I have the utmost respect for Lianne and all of my team-mates that I've ever played with," Morgan added.

"So, it's a little disappointing to see that."

USA face Netherlands in Sunday's World Cup final and, should Morgan add to her six goals at the tournament, the celebrations are unlikely to be muted.

"I don't think we'll be deterred by a couple of naysayers," she added.

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