England women's team deserve much more than FA tweet

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How many more times will the footballing public in this country have to listen to pathetic, stupid, sexist comments emanating from the Football Association headquarters?

England's women's football team have just represented our country in Canada at the World Cup and achieved a third place finish, which is something that none of the men's teams have achieved since we won the World Cup in 1966.

The closest any of the men's teams has come since that famous year was in 1990 when we were beaten by Germany in the semi-final and went on to lose the third place play-off game.


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For the Lionesses to achieve such a tremendous finishing position, and only be denied a final place by a fluke own goal in the semi-final against holders Japan, deserves as many plaudits as they can possibly be given.

However, on their return home from Canada, after receiving a hero's welcome by many fans at Heathrow Airport, they received a tweet from the FA which read: "Our #Lionesses go back to being mothers, partners and daughters today, but they have taken on another title - heroes."

The message was later deleted and the same wording in an online story was also deleted. The FA claimed the tweet had been unfortunately phrased and also stated that an element of the tweet was taken out of context.

In the eyes of the public, this latest tweet can only mean one thing - and that is how little the FA really thinks of women's football in this country and around the world. This latest slur on women's football, and that is all it can be called, comes a year or so after comments made by Richard Scudamore, head of the Premier League, was accused of sexist behaviour in a string of emails.

It seems to me that the powers that be in the Football Association and the Premier League are finding it very hard to accept that women's football is here to stay and that they are becoming more successful than their male counterparts.

Equality comes in all walks of life nowadays, and it is about time it is accepted by everyone.

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