England spinner Graeme Swann is the latest man to cause a storm on social media, comparing his country’s Ashes loss in Perth to sexual assault.
A day after Ryan Harris tweeted his disdain for Crown Casino security staff in Perth, Swann reportedly posted a comment on Facebook responding to a post from his brother who had gone to see a band play at home in England.
“Rather have been there than being a— raped in Perth!” Swann wrote.
The comment drew fire, with Yvonne Traynor, chief executive of Rape Crisis in the United Kingdom, telling Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper in Britain the organisation was appalled that Swann equated “a cricket match with the devastatingly serious crime of rape”.
“These comments lack compassion and intelligence and he should apologise to anyone who has suffered from this heinous crime,” Traynor said.
Swann, who was one of the stars of England’s Ashes win earlier this year, was smashed by Australia’s batsmen in the first three Tests, including conceding 22 from Shane Watson in one over in the third Test in Perth.