Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner has backed Alex Morgan’s ‘tea sipping’ celebration during team USA’s victory over England in the Women’s World Cup.
The soccer star was called ‘offensive’ online after making the gesture following her 30th minute goal, which propelled the USA to a 2-1 win.
In the clip, Morgan headed the ball past England goalkeeper Carly Telford, before racing to the edge of the box and miming drinking a cup of tea.
Morgan later revealed the gesture was in fact a homage to actress Sophie Turner, who signs-off opinionated Instagram posts with ‘And that’s the tea’ while sipping from a cup.
In response to the backlash faced by soccer star, Turner who is currently honeymooning with husband Joe Jonas, responded with a video.
In it she says: ‘All those people that are hating on you are probably sitting-at-home millennials drinking kombucha.
‘I’m really f***ing proud of you Alex Morgan, congratulations on your win.’
Turner, 23, admitted she was ‘incredibly sad’ that England lost but was ‘incredibly proud’ and ‘honored’ to have been beaten by such an ‘incredible team.’
She said: ‘I’m on my honeymoon I’m not really looking at my phone much but I feel this deserves a mention.’
Addressing the sportswoman directly, she said: ‘Alex Morgan, all those haters that are saying that this was disrespectful, I’m honored that you thought of me.’
Turner then finished her video by stating, ‘And that’s the mother****ing tea,’ and followed it by sipping from a large glass and smiling at the camera.
Alex Morgan scores her first goal since the opening game and retakes the lead in the Golden Boot race (6 goals, 3 assists)
She’s the first player in #FIFAWWC history to score on her birthday 🎂 pic.twitter.com/EGWBNIyaxI
The actress, best-known for her role as Sansa Stark in TV hit Game of Thrones, also gave fans a first-glimpse a her wedding ring that appeared to be diamond crusted, in the clip.
Turner and husband Joe Jonas said their second ‘I do’s’ at Château du Martinet in the South of France in a sunset ceremony.
This marks their first official ceremony after tying the knot in Las Vegas after the Billboard Music Awards in May.
The pair, who have been together since 2016, met through mutual friends and began DMing each other.
By the following year there became engaged, a year on from their first date.
Sophie later told Harper’s Bazaar: ‘We had a lot of mutual friends and they’d been trying to introduce us for a long time.
‘We were following each other on Instagram and he direct messaged me one fine day, out of the blue.’
Morgan said she felt there was a ‘double-standard’ over the responses to her celebration – believing the men’s games were less heavily criticized and more vulgar.
‘You see men celebrating all over the world in big tournaments, grabbing their sacks or whatever it is,’ she said.
‘And when I look at sipping a cup of tea, I am a little taken aback by the criticism.’
Morgan, who turned 30 on the day of the semi-finals, is the only woman in World Cup history to have scored on her birthday.