English football scores another own goal with a dose of #EverydaySexism

Jul 7, 2015 at 3:59 a.m. ET
Image: Twitter.com/England

The English Football Association has apologised for yesterday's controversial tweet, which caused a stir across social media and prompted accusations of #EverydaySexism.

The following was posted after the Lionesses (England women's football team) returned home from Canada having finished third in the Women's World Cup:

Lionesses #everydaysexism tweet

It was quickly deleted after droves of Twitter users labelled it as sexist but The FA content editor defended his post, stating that the story was attempting to reflect the "personal stories" of the players.

"Sorry if I caused offence," 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."

Well, we can't recall ever seeing a tweet about a male footballer – or any kind of sportsman — going back to his role as a father, partner or son after a major sporting event but perhaps that day will come.

Besides the Lionesses were already heroes — as are all women who manage to juggle family life with a demanding career (be it physical or otherwise).

More: #ThisGirlCan hits Wimbledon and we can't think of a better combination

Hopefully The FA can get its critics back on side with its new #WeCanPlay campaign, which is being backed by the Lionesses and aims to encourage and inspire young girls to take up football. "I really hope we see a real surge now in the women's game in every area," said head coach Mark Sampson.

To support the campaign here's what you can do:

1. Sign up to show your support and receive the We Can Play newsletter, which will keep you updated with everything related to girls' football.

2. Share your girls' football photos or videos on social media with the hashtag #WeCanPlay.

3. Find your nearest girls' football club here.

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