After the US beat Thailand 13-0, and relished in the big win, Canadian commentator Kaylyn Kyle said this:
“As a Canadian we would just never ever think of doing something like that…For me it’s disrespectful, it’s disgraceful … Hats off to Thailand for holding their head high.”
Guess what happened next?
Yep, she received death threats over her comments.
This is the last I will comment on this issue.
💕 Kay pic.twitter.com/EsrYxFmDkQ
— Kaylyn Kyle (@KaylynKyle) June 11, 2019
Members of the US team have defended the celebrations, including five-goal hero Morgan, who told ESPN:
“These are goals we have dreamt of our entire life… I couldn’t have dreamt of scoring five goals in a World Cup. So it’s incredible for us all and I’m happy just ignoring those comments.”
US legend Abby Wambach also said the team should be unrepentant, tweeting that “for some players this is there [sic] first World Cup goal, and they should be excited.
“Imagine it being you out there. This is your dream of playing and then scoring in a World Cup. Celebrate. Would you tell a men’s team to not score or celebrate?”
For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is there first World Cup goal, and they should be excited. Imagine it being you out there.This is your dream of playing and then scoring in a World Cup. Celebrate.Would you tell a men’s team to not score or celebrate?
— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) June 11, 2019
Kyle is a former midfielder who won a bronze medal with Canada in 2012 and retired in 2017. She played for several years in the National Women’s Soccer League alongside Americans.
She may have to think twice next time before she decides to go in on the US squad.
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