Piers Morgan has described a statue in honour of Australia’s Women’s football team as ‘a joke’.
The Matildas hosted the World Cup and finished in fourth place in the competition after being dumped out of the tournament by England in the semi-finals, before losing to Sweden in the third-fourth place play-off.
Despite failing to go all the way in the competition, the Aussie side will be commemorated with a bronze statue that will be placed outside Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.
Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk said: “We’re going to increase the legacy funding for women’s football including upgrades to major venues where football is played across Queensland.
“But wait there’s one more thing. As a lasting tribute to 2023 Matildas we will build a statue at Suncorp Stadium.
“There are plenty (of statues) there, celebrating our male sporting champions, it’s time we celebrated women as well… you deserve your place amongst the greatest.”
However the announcement didn’t go down too well with Talk TV presenter Morgan who couldn’t help but see the funny side.
He Tweeted: “A statue for coming 4th? Is this a joke?” with two laughing emojis.
Responding the Deputy Youth Premier of Victoria who insisted the statue was for the significance of the event, rather than the achievement, Morgan replied: “Mate, no offence but the Matildas got beaten by England, and even lost the 3rd/4th play-off.
“If your cricket team did that in a World Cup, they’d be stripped of their citizenships not given statues.”