April 24, 2018 / 7:29 AM / a month ago

FA apologises for cheeky Smalling-Kane tweet

(Reuters) - The English Football Association (FA) has apologised to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur for sending a tweet which mocked Spurs striker Harry Kane during Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final.

Soccer Football - FA Cup Semi-Final - Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - April 21, 2018 Manchester United's Chris Smalling in action with Tottenham's Harry Kane Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

The FA Cup’s official Twitter account sent a tweet with United defender Chris Smalling being asked “What’s in your pocket?” and included a short, unrelated clip of the centre-back saying “Harry Kane”.

The tweet received thousands of likes and retweets but has since been deleted.

“We have written to both clubs to apologise for any offence caused,” an FA spokesperson told British media.

Kane, who has scored 37 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions for Spurs this season, struggled to impose himself as Tottenham lost 2-1 to United at Wembley.

United will face Chelsea, who beat Southampton 2-0 on Sunday, in the FA Cup final on May 19.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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