Trump departs the White House for the G20 Summit
Trump departs the White House for the G20 Summit

Trump’s glaring mistake in Twitter feud

President Trump's feud with US women's soccer team co-captain Megan Rapinoe featured a social-media mistake.

He accidentally tagged a similarly named woman in a tweet - sending her anonymous account viral.

"Women's soccer player, @mPinoe, just stated that she is 'not going to the F…ing White House if we win,'" Trump wrote in a series of messages.

He has been in a pitched battle with Rapinoe after her refusal to sing along with the national anthem at the ongoing World Cup.

"Megan should WIN first before she TALKS!"

The only problem was that Trump first sent an identical tweet tagging "@meganrapino," a relative unknown who woke up Wednesday with less than 1,000 followers - and she took the opportunity to dive into the spat.

The United States, who are the No 1 ranked team in the world, are set to play tournament hosts France on Friday in the quarter-finals.

Rapinoe was asked earlier this week if she would attend the White House - an honour typically bestowed upon championship-winning teams in America - if the USA retain the trophy they won four years ago in Canada.

"I'm not going to the f****** White House," Rapinoe replied. "No. I'm not going to the White House. We're not going to be invited. I doubt it."

Trump hit back on Twitter on Thursday. "Finish the job! We haven't yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose.

"Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team.

"Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!"

Rapinoe was one of a number of athletes who followed Colin Kaepernick's lead in 2016 by kneeling during the anthem in protest of social injustices and racial discrimination in the US.

After Rapinoe started kneeling, the United States Soccer Federation adopted a policy that requires players to stand during the anthem.

The 33-year-old now does stand, but refuses to sing or put her hand over her heart like other US players.

She has described herself as a "walking protest" against Trump's policies and has previously called him a "sexist" and "misogynistic".

Rapinoe has scored three times, including two penalties in their last-16 victory over Spain, and has also added two assists in the United States' run to the last eight of the World Cup.

FIFA OPENS DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS AGAINST CAMEROON

Nikita Parris of England reacts after being elbowed in the face. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Nikita Parris of England reacts after being elbowed in the face. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Cameroon following their controversial 3-0 defeat to England in the Women's World Cup.

England made it through to the quarter-finals after the win but the match was marred by Video Assistant Review controversy, which saw Cameroon twice refusing to restart play after two VAR goal decisions went against them.

Football's governing body say disciplinary proceedings relate to "team misconduct" and "offensive behaviour and fair play".

"Following the Round of 16 match between Cameroon and England on the 23 June at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019, we can confirm that proceedings have now been opened by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee against the Cameroonian Football Association for alleged breaches related to article 52 (team misconduct) and article 57 (offensive behaviour and fair play) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code," a FIFA statement read.

"As proceedings are now ongoing, please understand that no further comment can be made at this stage. Further updates will be provided in due course."

England coach Phil Neville said he was "completely and utterly ashamed" of Cameroon's behaviour after the match.

"I sat through 90 minutes of football and felt ashamed. I was proud of performances, under circumstances I've never seen before," Neville said.

"I'm completely and utterly ashamed of the opposition. I didn't enjoy the game. My players didn't enjoy the game, apart from getting to the quarter-finals

"I'm afraid today we saw, I thought, a behaviour that's unacceptable on a football field.

"It didn't feel like football. That wasn't football, in terms of the behaviour I want to see from footballers."

This article was originally published by Sky Sports and reproduced with permission