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England Twitter account tweets women's team can go back to being 'mothers, partners and daughters'

Published 06/07/2015

The England women's team arrive back at Heathrow Airport after the 2015 FIFA Womens World Cup in Canada.
The England women's team arrive back at Heathrow Airport after the 2015 FIFA Womens World Cup in Canada.
England's Casey Stoney poses for photos with her children after arriving back from the World Cup at Heathrow Airport on July 6, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images).
Carli Lloyd #10 and Christie Rampone #3 of the United States celebrates after winning the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 5-2 against Japan at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
England's players celebrate Fara Williams' goal during extra time of their bronze medal match against Germany at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Edmonton, Alberta on July 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO/GEOFF ROBINSGEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images
England's Fara Williams celebrates after scoring on a penalty in extra time of her bronze medal match against Germany at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Edmonton, Alberta on July 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO/GEOFF ROBINSGEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images
United States' Carli Lloyd holds the trophy after they defeated Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday, July 5, 2015. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
United States' Carli Lloyd celebrates after scoring her third goal against Japan during the first half of the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday, July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
USA midfielder Carli Lloyd (L) and USA midfielder Morgan Brian jump for the ball during the final football match between USA and Japan during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver on July 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
USA midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) is congratuled by goalkeeper Hope Solo after scoring a goal during the final football match between USA and Japan during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver on July 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
USA midfielder Carli Lloyd celebrates her goal during the final football match between USA and Japan during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver on July 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
The USA's Carli Lloyd (R) celebrates a goal against Japan during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup final between the USA and Japan at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
VANCOUVER, BC - JULY 05: Lauren Holiday #12 and Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States celebrate with teammates after Lloyd scores her second goal against Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The England women's team have just completed the most successful of the country's World Cup campaigns since 1966. And now, at last, they can go back to being "mothers, partners and daughters", according to the official England team Twitter.

Tweeting as the team returned to London after a campaign that saw them reach the semi-finals, the account seemed happy to suggest both that members of the team had stopped being daughters during their time in the campaign — and that they'd somehow stopped being footballers after the competition was over.

Reaction to the tweet was immediate and intense, with the replies flooded with people saying the tweet was "an own goal", along with much less printable responses.

The account is verified, has almost 1.2 million followers and seems to be run by the FA. It has spent much of the campaign celebrating a team that has managed to make huge gains for women's football — before single-handledly undoing much of them with one tweet.

Contacted for comment, the FA said that the person responsible was away from their desk.

The tweet was deleted about 45 minutes after it was posted. The account continued to post extra updates without explaining the tweet or its deletion.

The post linked to the FA's article about the players' return, which originally began with the same text as the tweet. Soon after the tweet was deleted, that article was amended to begin "England Women returned home as heroes on Monday morning - with their bronze medals proudly hanging round their necks".

The author of that article tweeted soon after the outrage and said that he "reject[ed] any accusation of sexism".

The England Twitter account isn't the only official site to be flagrantly sexist to its own players. Earlier this week, for instance, it was noticed that Fifa's own website described USA forward Alex Morgan as "A talented goalscorer with a style that is very easy on the eye and good looks to match, she is nothing short of a media phenomenon".

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Tweet from official England account has been slammed by followers
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