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Americans face backlash over biggest womens World Cup win
Times of Malta
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 17:11

Americans face backlash over biggest womens World Cup win

Times of Malta
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 17:11

Holders the United States began their defence of the womens World Cup by crushing Thailand 13-0 but their joyous celebrations of the tournaments record win triggered a backlash on Wednesday.

Americans face backlash over biggest womens World Cup win


The US team scored 10 goals in the second half in Reims on Tuesday as they bettered Germanys 11-0 win over Argentina in 2007 and shattered their own previous tournament best of 7-0.

American star Alex Morgan grabbed five goals while Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis netted twice each and Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also got on the scoresheet in the Group F encounter watched by more than 18,000.

But the Americans wild goal celebrations in such a one-sided game were not to everyones taste.

Former Canadian international player Kaylyn Kyle, working as an analyst for Canadas TSN at the tournament, said on air: "As a Canadian we would just never ever think of doing something like that ... For me its disrespectful, its disgraceful."

Classless winners

Kyle said later on social media she had received death threats for her comments, but repeated that she felt the Americans celebrations were "excessive and disrespectful".

Many Twitter users also criticised the...