Aussie soccer fan is blasted for calling Sam Kerr and her teammates ‘girls’ after rewriting the lyrics to Waltzing Matilda to celebrate the team’s World Cup heroics
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An Australian football fan has bizarrely been called out online after referring to Sam Kerr and her teammates as ‘girls’.
The supporter in question re-wrote the lyrics to Banjo Patterson’s Waltzing Matilda in a patriotic bid to celebrate the team’s World Cup heroics – but was instead met with criticism.
Out went the iconic line about the swagman watching his ‘billy boil’, replaced by ‘tales will be told of the girls who wear the green and gold’.
Remarkably, that sporting tweak incensed another Matildas fan.
‘Women. They are women. They are professional female athletes and as far as I know they are all adults,’ the fired-up supporter wrote in response to the adjusted lyrics.
An Australian football fan has been called out online after referring to Sam Kerr and her teammates (pictured) as ‘girls’
Once incensed fan was furious after another supporter re-wrote the lyrics to Banjo Patterson’s Waltzing Matilda in a patriotic bid to celebrate the team’s World Cup heroics
The Matildas have stolen the hearts of many sports fans on their impressive run to the World Cup semi-final (pictured, supporters this week in Sydney)
‘I’m starting to twitch every time I see ‘girls’ used to describe our adult female athletes. I know they use the term for each other, but I don’t care.
‘Girls’ when used by non-team members is loaded – it’s infantilising, it diminishes them and I really, really want it to stop.’
When it comes to the Matildas players themselves, they have no problem with being called girls.
Following the 3-1 semi-final defeat against England, Kerr paid tribute to the fighting qualities of her teammates.
‘Really disappointed obviously. We just fell short but yeah really proud of the girls for this whole tournament,’ the skipper said.
Matildas captain Sam Kerr often passionately refers to her Matildas teammates as ‘her girls’
‘After I was injured, I just had to stick with the girls and they have been amazing.’
If it is good enough for Kerr to use in interviews, it should be good enough for everyone else.
On Saturday night, the Aussie ‘girls’ tackle Sweden, with the winner securing third place at the World Cup that has united the nation.
Kick-off at Brisbane Stadium is 6pm, with live coverage on Channel 7 and Optus Sport.
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