FIFA article draws criticism for referring to Morgan's looks

Tone-Deaf FIFA Story Focuses on USA Star Alex Morgan's 'Good Looks'

MONTREAL (AP) — Critics took aim at FIFA on social media Tuesday after FIFA.com referenced American forward Alex Morgan's looks in an article posted in advance of the United States' match against Germany in the semifinals of the Women's World Cup.

The second sentence of the piece referred to Morgan as "a talented goal scorer with a style that is very easy on the eye and good looks to match, she is nothing short of a media phenomenon."

One Twitter user asked if FIFA would be commenting on Ronaldo's looks on the day of a World Cup semifinal.

FIFA was also previously criticized after the match tracker on FIFA.com referred to the players by male pronouns during the tournament-opening match between Canada and China in Edmonton.

In the run-up to the Women's World Cup in Canada, FIFA and the Canadian organizers were criticized for putting the tournament on artificial turf.

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(TOP ROW FROM LEFT): USA defender Ali Krieger, forward Alex Morgan, defender Becky Sauerbrunn, goalkeeper Hope Solo, midfielder Lauren Holiday and defender Julie Johnston. (BOTTOM ROW FRO LEFT): USA midfielder Tobin Heath, midfielder Carli Lloyd, midfielder Morgan Brian, defender Meghan Klingenberg and midfielder Megan Rapinoe pose during the semi-final football match between USA and Germany during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 30, 2015. USA won 2-0. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 30: Alex Morgan #13 of the United States reacts with teammate Meghan Klingenberg #22 after Morgan was fouled in the box in the second half against Germany in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Semi-Final Match at Olympic Stadium on June 30, 2015 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 30: Annike Krahn of Germany blocks Alex Morgan of the United States in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Semi-Final Match at Olympic Stadium on June 30, 2015 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 30: Alex Morgan #13 of the United States runs ahead of Lena Goessling #20 of Germany in the second half in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Semi-Final Match at Olympic Stadium on June 30, 2015 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 30: Alex Morgan of the United States and Annike Krahn of Germany battle for the ball in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Semi-Final Match at Olympic Stadium on June 30, 2015 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
USA forward Alex Morgan (R) vies with Germany's defender Annike Krahn (C) during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup semi-final football match between USA and Germany at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 29: Alex Morgan of the U.S. answers questions during a news conference at Olympic Stadium on June 29, 2015 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
USA forward Alex Morgan reacts during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup semi-final football match between USA and Germany at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
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A group of women, led by American star Abby Wambach, filed a claim in a Canadian court that said holding matches on artificial turf amounts to gender discrimination because the men's World Cup would never be played on fake grass.

And German coach Silvia Neid on Monday said she was dismayed that the German and American players were put up at the same hotel. Teams at the men's World Cup traditionally stay in different hotels.

"I believe this doesn't meet the level of professionalism you should expect at a World Cup," Neid said.

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