Cricketer Graeme Swann sorry for 'crass' rape remark

England spinner Graeme Swann has apologised for comparing England's Ashes loss to being "a--- raped" in a social networking post.

Cricketer Graeme Swann apologised on Twitter for his 'crass and thoughtless' Facebook posting. Credit: PA

The cricketer's brother, who has a Facebook profile that can be viewed by the public, posted about a night out in Northampton, to which Swann replied: “Rather have been there than being a--- raped in Perth!”

The Rape Crisis charity called on the Nottinghamshire player to apologise, saying: “We are appalled that Graeme Swann equates a cricket match with the devastatingly serious crime of rape."

Swann posted an apology on Twitter, writing: "Sorry to anyone who was offended by my comments in the papers today. Crass and thoughtless of me in the extreme."