Alex Scott accused of ‘disrespecting’ Sweden keeper after Lionesses win

BBC pundit Alex Scott was branded "disrespectful" after criticising Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl in the aftermath of the Lionesses' emphatic victory in the semi-final of the Euros on Tuesday night.

After watching the 39-year-old put in a hapless performance at Bramall Lane, Scott told her colleagues that former Chelsea stopper Lindalh was "past her best", particularly after fluffing her lines for three of England's four goals on the night.

"That's why [Chelsea manager] Emma Hayes is so intelligent," Scott said. "She brought a new goalkeeper in at Chelsea because Emma knew she [Lindalh] was past her best.

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"That's not me disrespecting her, that's just me praising the intelligence of Emma Hayes, knowing when to move a player on," she added.

Later on in the broadcast, Scott attempted to clarify her earlier comments, saying: "I feel bad actually. I didn't mean to disrespect her.

"What I mean is, I played against her a lot in my career and you always know she's not good moving her feet and adjusting quickly – and for three of the goals, she's got to be questioned."

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Her semi-apologetic clarification sparked a bit of a backlash on Twitter with many users hitting out at Scott for being "too crass" and unnecessarily targeting the Swedish veteran.

"Alex Scott calling Lindahl past her time is quite unfair to be honest. No need to air such a negative opinion of a player tbh. Crass thing to say. Awful take," one person tweeted.

"Great win for England but comment on Swedish keeper was disrespectful," wrote another, while a third said: "Awful, disrespectful comments about the Swedish goalkeeper from Alex Scott. Embarrassing."

Not everyone thought Scott's comments were disrespectful though, with one user urging her critics to "watch 30 seconds of Graeme Souness or Roy Keane if you think Alex Scott was being 'too crass'."

Another agreed, saying: "That's her job, to analyse. She shouldn't avoid criticising players if they have a bad game."

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