She was called “distasteful” and “disrespectful” by her former Orlando Pride teammate and England international Lianne Sanderson, who is working at the tournament as a pundit for beIN SPORTS, while television commentator Piers Morgan said her celebration was “bordering on a declaration of war.”Yet the forward hit back on Friday, saying it was not a shot at England and suggesting that those lamenting her were sexist given the lack of comparative uproar over Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Simeone’s crotch-grabbing celebrations in last year’s Champions League, which did result in fines for both. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: USWNT jerseys setting sales records “I’m a little disappointed in that and obviously we were teammates at Orlando Pride so I have the utmost respect for Lianne and all of my teammates that I’ve ever played with,” Morgan said. “So, it’s a little disappointing to see that.”The U.S. faces the Netherlands in Sunday’s World Cup final and, should Morgan add to her six goals at the tournament, the celebrations are unlikely to be muted.”I don’t think we’ll be deterred by a couple of naysayers,” she said. “My celebration was actually more about, ‘That’s the tea’, which is telling a story, spreading news,” Morgan said. “Sophie Turner does it quite often, she’s one of my favorite actresses, so it wasn’t a hit to England in any way.”I feel that there is some sort of double standard for females in sports to feel like we have to be humble in our successes and have to celebrate, but not too much, and have to do something but it always has to be in a limited fashion.”You see men celebrating all around the world in big tournaments, grabbing their sacks or whatever it is, and when I look at sipping a cup of tea, I’m a little taken aback. You have to laugh about it to see all of the criticism.”This team is special. Thanks for the bday love. Thanks for the rocking stadium. Thanks for continuing to believe with us. And that’s the tea.— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) July 2, 2019Morgan was particularly unimpressed with Juventus forward Sanderson’s opinion, given they played together in 2016. LYON, France — Alex Morgan has accused her goal celebration critics of “double standards,” with the United States striker perplexed at why her tea sipping caused such a stir when men are “grabbing their sacks.”USA captain Morgan celebrated scoring a Women’s World Cup semifinal winner against England by lifting her little finger and pretending to sip tea, a popular beverage in the country of her opponents and one linked to American independence after a shipment of the drink was dumped in the sea by colonists in an event known as the Boston Tea Party.