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Graeme Swann apologises over rape remark on Facebook

Ben Rumsby

Published 19/12/2013 | 09:46

Graeme Swann appeals for the wicket of Marcus North during the final day of the second Ashes Test match in Adelaide.

Graeme Swann has apologised for a "crass and offensive" comment after he compared the third Ashes Test loss to Australia to being "a--- raped".

The spinner made the remarks in a Facebook exchange with his brother hours after England surrendered the Ashes following a third successive Test defeat in Australia.

Swann was writing in response to brother Alec posting that he had enjoyed a night out watching the band Shed Seven at Northampton’s Roadmender venue.

“Rather have been there than being a--- raped in Perth!” Swann replied.

Swann, who has endured a torrid time on the pitch, taking only seven wickets as Australia quickly wrapped up the 3-0 series win, took to another social media site, Twitter, to apologise.

"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.

The message had sparked condemnation from rape charities, which branded the Nottinghamshire player’s actions appalling and demanded an apology.

Yvonne Traynor, chief executive of Rape Crisis, said: “We are appalled that Graeme Swann equates a cricket match with the devastatingly serious crime of rape.

"It is the duty of a people in the public eye to make sure that their own distorted views are kept to themselves and not shared with the general public.

“These comments lack compassion and intelligence and he should apologise to anyone who has suffered from this heinous crime.”

His comments came a day after Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris came under fire for sending a profanity-laden tweet when he was denied entry to a Perth casino during the team's celebrations.

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