The Ashes: Graeme Swann apologises for 'crass' rape comment

England spinner Graeme Swann compared the third Ashes Test loss to Australia at Perth to being 'raped'.

updated: December 19, 2013 13:24 IST
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Sydney: Graeme SwannEngland's Graeme Swann apologised for a "crass and offensive" comment on Thursday after he compared the third Ashes Test loss to Australia to being "raped". The comment, made in a Facebook exchange with his brother and picked up by British newspapers, prompted outrage on social media and from rape charities.

"Sorry to anyone who was offended by my comments in the papers today. Crass and thoughtless of me in the extreme," the spin bowler said on his Twitter account. (Click here for full Ashes coverage)

He had posted the Facebook comment in response to his brother, Alec, who said he had enjoyed a night out seeing a band in Northampton. "Rather have been there than being arse raped in Perth!" Swann replied, referring to England's humiliating defeat that handed Australia an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the Ashes series. (Also read: Prior facing axe after Ashes failure)

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