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Celebratory Sip Doesn't Amuse Everyone

World Cup celebration draws British commentary
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2019 6:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – The British drink about 100 million cups of tea a day, an industry group reports, per CNN. That's a lot, but they still may not share with US soccer star Alex Morgan. When Morgan scored during the Women's World Cup team's victory over England, she ran to the sideline, stood straight, and appeared to do an impression of someone taking a sip of tea. The celebration didn't amuse some people, and there was disagreement on her message:

  • "We love our tea in England," said Lianne Sanderson, a former member of the England's team, per ABC. "I'm not a tea drinker, but that's what we're connected with, so I think it's a little bit distasteful."
  • "I wish I was on the pitch to put in a tackle," former English captain Faye White said on Good Morning Britain.
  • British broadcaster Piers Morgan expressed the hope, per USA Today, that each British player, in retaliation, "feigns eating a Big Mac and large fries."
  • There was support on the US side of the ocean, of course. Hillary Clinton focused on the victory, congratulating the team "for earning that tea."

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