Following England’s victory in the Euro 2022 final, Gary Lineker took to Twitter to praise the moment – though he did decide to delete one of his tweets after causing a stir. The 61-year-old explained why he deleted the comment, though said it was because people hadn’t seen the game and didn’t know the context of the tweet rather than the backlash.
Manchester City forward Chloe Kelly was the match-winner on Sunday night, scuffing home the winner in the 110th minute at Wembley Stadium against Germany, sending the nation into a frenzy. Kelly celebrated by taking her shirt off and spinning it above her head, wearing a Nike sports bra beneath.
The photo of the celebration has already gone down in history and will be iconic to the tournament, with many comparing it to the photo of former USA star Brandi Chastain after scoring the winning penalty at the 1999 World Cup final. Tweeting after the goal, Lineker wrote: “The Lionesses have only gone and done it, and Kelly is England’s heroine, bra none.”
The tweet received plenty of criticism though, with some feeling that it was “casual sexism” and others feeling it took away from the moment itself. Former Leicester City striker Lineker then deleted the post, following it up with another tweet: “It was just a play on words given the celebration.
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