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English FA apology for tweet about Women’s World Cup team

From left to right, England's Alex Scott, Jill Scott, Lianne Sanderson and goalkeeper Carly Telford celebrate after defeating Germany in FIFA Women's World Cup soccer third-place match in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association apologized for a tweet it subsequently deleted about its Women’s World Cup team which prompted criticism across social media on Monday.

After England returned from its third-place finish in Canada, the FA wrote on Twitter on Monday: “Our Lionesses go back to being mothers, partners and daughters today, but they have taken on another title — heroes.”

It linked to a story which was later amended to only say that England “returned home as heroes.” The FA said the story was attempting to reflect the personal stories of players.

“Sorry if I caused offence,” FA content editor James Callow tweeted. “The piece is intended to sum up a nice moment when players are reunited with their families.

“I reject any accusation of sexism and human interest is a big part of any sport reporting. I’d have done the same for England men, absolutely.”

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