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Storm in a tea cup! Piers Morgan calls ‘cocky’ US team’s celebrations a ‘declaration of war’ in Twitter row – before losing $1,000 betting the Lionesses would triumph in their semi-final

Piers Morgan branded a US goalscorer’s controversial tea drinking celebration ‘an act of war’ during a Twitter row – before losing $1,000 betting the Lionesses would triumph in their semi-final.

Striker Alex Morgan sparked anger when she pretended to drink a cup of tea with her pinky finger stuck out in a clear attempt to wind up England fans that was branded ‘disrespectful’ and ‘classless’ on Twitter.

Perhaps the biggest response came from her namesake, who branded the American team ‘cocky’ and called on England players to celebrate by feigning eating a Big Mac and fries if they managed to score next.

Striker Alex Morgan sparked anger when she pretended to drink a cup of tea with her pinky finger stuck out in a clear attempt to wind up England fans that was branded 'disrespectful' and 'classless' on Twitter

Morgan's celebration

Striker Alex Morgan sparked anger when she pretended to drink a cup of tea with her pinky finger stuck out in a clear attempt to wind up England fans that was branded ‘disrespectful’ and ‘classless’ on Twitter

Perhaps the biggest response came from her namesake, who branded the American team 'cocky' and called on England players to celebrate by feigning eating a Big Mac and fries if they managed to score next

Perhaps the biggest response came from her namesake, who branded the American team ‘cocky’ and called on England players to celebrate by feigning eating a Big Mac and fries if they managed to score next

Piers’ kicked off his Twitter coverage with a jibe at US captain Megan Rapino, claiming she had ‘bottled it’ after not appearing in the starting line-up.

This provoked plenty of kick-back from American fans, one of whom challenged him to a $100 bet on the charity of his choice if England lost.

He accepted the officer from Army veteran Charlotte Clymer and upped the stake to $1,000.

As the game progressed, Ellen White equalised to make it 1-1 before Alex Morgan hit back – prompting the controversial celebration.

‘That’s NOT how you sip tea,’ Piers tweeted. ‘Dope, not tea.’

He continued: ‘When we win this, I hope every one of our players feigns eating a Big Mac and large fries.

‘It’s bordering on a declaration of war.’

Morgan herself shrugged off claims on Twitter that she had been disrespectful with her tea drinking celebration.

‘I was just trying to keep it interesting,’ she said after the final whistle. ‘Rapinoe has so many celebrations and nobody asks her anything!

‘Obviously we have a lot of fun with celebrations and I wanted to continue the momentum.’

 

Piers' kicked off his Twitter coverage with a jibe at US captain Megan Rapino, claiming she had 'bottled it' after not appearing in the starting line-up

Piers’ kicked off his Twitter coverage with a jibe at US captain Megan Rapino, claiming she had ‘bottled it’ after not appearing in the starting line-up

The journalist raged about the celebration and said England players should 'feign eating a Big Mac'

The journalist raged about the celebration and said England players should ‘feign eating a Big Mac’ 

Piers later added: ‘Come on @Lionesses – make these cocky yanks choke on it.’

But it wasn’t to be, as England captain Steph Houghton missed a penalty and the referee blew up for the final whistle at 2-1 to the USA. 

A more reserved Piers wrote: ‘All over. Beaten by the better team. Good effort @Lionesses but sadly not good enough. Well played USA.’

His $1,000 will go to Raices Texas, which provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees.

The Americans face the winner of tomorrow’s semi-final between the Netherlands and Sweden in their third straight appearance in the World Cup title match. 

A more reserved Piers wrote after England lost 2-1: 'All over. Beaten by the better team. Good effort @Lionesses but sadly not good enough. Well played USA'

A more reserved Piers wrote after England lost 2-1: ‘All over. Beaten by the better team. Good effort @Lionesses but sadly not good enough. Well played USA’

Piers' $1,000 will go to Raices Texas, which provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees

Piers’ $1,000 will go to Raices Texas, which provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees

Piers Morgan with Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday

Piers Morgan with Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday 

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