They 'have the right to celebrate' - Thailand defend USA amid criticism


While the United States were criticised in some quarters for ‘excessive celebrations’ during their 13-0 thrashing of Thailand in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Wednesday (AEST), a senior Thailand football official said that he 'understood' their actions.

The number one ranked team showed no mercy in putting the Asian outsiders to the sword but this is part of the game said the official.

“I can’t say whether it is good or not good behaviour but I understand,” he told The World Game.

“Sometimes you can’t control your emotions when you score a goal at the World Cup.

"When you score you have the right to celebrate however you want and we need to focus on ourselves and what we can do to improve in the games we have left.”

Thailand, in just their second World Cup, face Sweden on Sunday and end Group F against Chile.

Thai fans either watched in disbelief or woke up to the news that their players, a number of whom left the field in tears, had been subject to by far the biggest defeat in the history of the tournament.

Team manager Nualphan Lamsam, apologised to those watching.

“We didn’t expect to lose like this,” she told Thai television from France. “The players froze in the second half and lost their concentration.

"Now we have to focus on their mental state for the remaining games.”

Leading sports site SiamSports lamented that Thailand had no answer to the ‘brutal offensive’ game of the United States and that too many players went missing in the second half.

Other reports talked of the need to emulate Japan. The Nadeshiko were thrashed 9-0 by the same opponent in 1999 but just 12 years later were lifting the World Cup.

“There is nothing wrong with losing to the best team in the world, especially if that can help us improve,” said one user on social media.

“We have to work hard to repair our reputation around the world however and need to be much better against Sweden.”

Thai coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian, who noted that the American players came over to comfort his team after the game, promised that there will be an improvement.

"They will be resilient. We've got two more games to play, and need to bounce back,” he said.

“We need to be prepared for the next match. They have the responsibility and know what they need to do.

"This is a lesson to learn about how we prepare for the next match.”