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Allie Long, Megan Rapinoe Drop American Flag During World Cup Celebration

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor

U.S. women’s national soccer team members Allie Long and Megan Rapinoe stepped on an American flag after Long dropped it on the ground as they posed for post-game photos Sunday.

Following their repeat World Cup win in Lyon, France, the team was celebrating on the field and posing for photos when Long dropped the flag she was holding. She and Rapinoe then stepped forward, leaving the flag underfoot. They continued to pose for the cameras as one of their teammates rushed forward to grab the flag. (RELATED: US Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe Out Against England)

Benghazi hero John “TIG” Tiegen spotted the dropped flag and responded to the team via Instagram.

 

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What should be an amazing occurence, is hijacked by the clown show to promote disrespect. So brave ????. Let ???? @uswnt and @allie_long_ know what you think about this disrespect in the comments ???? — Credit: @mikewishniausa • • • • • • @uswnt I know you gave a brief to the girls on proper flag etiquette. @allie_long_ , I know dragging it on the ground and throwing it down like it’s a piece of paper isn’t part of that. It’s not hard to hand it off and celebrate. Your coaching staff or trainers are there to take it. Damn Amazing disrespect for a photo op. Thank you to I think @kelleyohara for running in there and picking it up. #uswnt #worldcup #usopc #ussoccer #flag #oldglory #flagettiquette #unreal #notapieceofpaper #usparalympics #paralympian #thrower #shotput #power #speed #strength

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Crediting the original video to @Mikewishniausa, Tiegen added the caption, “What should be an amazing occurrence, is hijacked by the clown show to promote disrespect …”

Noting that the USWNT had likely given a briefing on proper flag etiquette, Tiegen continued, “I know dragging it on the ground and throwing it down like it’s a piece of paper isn’t part of that. It’s not hard to hand it off and celebrate. Your coaching staff or trainers are there to take it. Damn Amazing disrespect for a photo op. Thank you to I think @kelleyohara for running in there and picking it up.”