Piers Morgan reacts after his Women’s World Cup remark sparks backlash

England suffer Women’s World Cup final heartache against Spain

Piers Morgan has hit back at those offended by his joke about England’s defeat at the Women’s World Cup 2023.

The Lionesses were left disappointed after they lost 1-0 to Spain in the final in Sydney yesterday.

Minutes before the game was over during extra time, Piers tweeted: “Seem to be a lot of very over-emotional women on here right now. Calm down, it’s only a game of football,” followed by a crying with laughter emoji.

The 58-year-old has since reacted to an article based on the backlash he has received.

He wrote: “The only ‘backlash’ came from people who didn’t get the joke, so I’d like to sincerely and humbly apologise.. for their stupidity.”

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Many of Piers’ 8.5 million followers were unimpressed with his original tweet and shared their thoughts in the comments section.

One wrote: “Excuse me/us? Telling us to calm down? How rude of you. Men are emotional about football, and not told to calm down. You do not own our emotions!”

A second claimed Piers’ comment was “sexist”.

A third added: “Oh my, you’re in for it now… tut tut.”

A fourth typed: “You got emotional about the ashes!”

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Others saw the funny side to his words, while others agreed with his thoughts.

Prior to his comment, Piers admitted he was “text-arguing with female friends” about the football, adding: “Unprecedented.”

Following England’s defeat, he also wrote: “Our women can’t bring it home either. Good effort @Lionesses but the better team won. Congrats to Spain.”

Despite their disappointment, the Lionesses received support for their efforts in the final.

The Prince and Princess of Wales tweeted: “Although it’s the result none of us wanted, @Lionesses you have done yourselves and this nation proud.

“Your spirit & drive have inspired so many people and paved the way for generations to come. Thank you for the footballing memories.Congratulations to Spain. W.”

Carol Vorderman wrote: “Our Lionesses did England proud. Extraordinary achievement, so many good times to come I’ve no doubt at all.”

Sadiq Khan commented: “What a team. What a tournament!

“Proud of the @Lionesses and their incredible, history-making performance.

“Their passion has inspired a new generation of girls to watch and play the beautiful game.”

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