Manchester City and England captain Steph Houghton has slammed USA’s Lindsey Horan as disrespectful as the American celebrated her team’s 2-1 win over the Lionesses in their World Cup Semi-Final in France.
Houghton missed a crucial penalty that would have tied the match at 2-2, and was interviewed by TalkSport after the match, only for the interview to be cut short by noisy American celebrations.
Midway through one reply, Houghton was distracted by cheers from a nearby player who was identified by the reporter as Horan, and Houghton was clearly rattled by the noisy interruption.
“There was no need for that, was there really? Ridiculous. That’s disrespectful man,” Houghton heard to say, before asking to leave the interview.
It’s not the first time in this tournament that American celebrations have been called into question, with what was described as over-the-top celebrations during the 13-0 win over Thailand and match winner Alex Morgan received criticism for her tea-sipping stunt as she scored USA’s second goal against the Lionesses.
Ellen White had scored her six goal of the campaign to level the scores and was later denied an equaliser by the merest of margins with VAR disallowing the well taken goal. City’s new recruit later had her foot kicked away from the ball, which resulted in the penalty award after a long wait for VAR’s decision.
The Lionesses will now play the loser of tonight’s second semi-final as Sweden take on The Netherlands for a place in the final.