US soccer star embarks on astonishingly classless rant after being dumped out of the Olympics
Published 13/08/2016 | 15:39
There was a massive shock in the women's football at the Olympics last night, as the USA team were eliminated on penalties by Sweden at the quarter-final stage.
The American women's team are the sport's most dominant outfit, having won last year's World Cup as well as the last three Olympic tournaments.
Their reign of dominance ended abruptly last night and one of their stars couldn't accept the manner with which the team had been beaten.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo is one of the most recognisable stars in American sport, and after her side lost on penalties to Sweden, she unleashed a torrent of verbal abuse directed at the victors.
It was a rant reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo's remarks after Portugal drew 1-1 with Iceland at Euro 2016.
"The best team did not win today," Solo said in quotes reported by the BBC.
"I'm very proud of this team. But I also think we played a bunch of cowards. They didn't want to open the game.
"They tried to counter with long balls. I don't think they're going to make it far in the tournament. I think it was very cowardly. They're moving on and we're going home."
"It's OK to be a coward if you win."
Sweden are coached by Pia Sundhage, who led the US team to gold medals at the Beijing and London Olympics.