Alex Morgan says tea-sipping gesture was nod to ‘GoT’ star Sophie Turner

“Game of Thrones” is going from coffee cup scandals to teacup brouhahas.

Soccer star Alex Morgan went on the defensive Friday, saying her tea-sipping gesture during Team USA’s win over England in the World Cup was actually a misunderstood homage to “Game of Thrones” actress Sophie Turner.

Morgan’s miming appeared to mock England after scoring the game’s final goal Tuesday, but she said it was a nod to the British actress, who signs off Instagram messages with the phrase, “And that’s the tea” — meaning that’s the “news” — before sipping a beverage.

“My celebration was actually more about ‘that’s the tea’ which is telling a story, spreading news. Sophie Turner does it quite often, she’s one of my favorite actresses. So it wasn’t a hit to England in any way,” Morgan told reporters in France.

Morgan said the gesture was meant to tell a story about her team fighting back against everything opponents threw at them, and also called the firestorm the move ignited a sexist “double standard.”

Turner responded on Instagram by saying she’s “honored” Morgan thought of her.

“And all those people that are hating on you are probably sitting at home — millennials drinking kombucha. I’m really f–king proud of you, Alex Morgan, congratulations on your win, and that’s the motherf–king tea,” the actress said.

In May, “Game of Thrones” fans spotted a to-go coffee cup left on a table during a scene of the medieval era-set show, which kicked off a social media frenzy.

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