The Football Association has apologised for a tweet from its FA Cup account which mocked Tottenham striker Harry Kane after Saturday’s 2-1 semi-final defeat by Manchester United.
Just minutes after United’s win, a tweet was posted from the FA Cup account with the message “What’s in your pocket, Chris” and a video of defender Chris Smalling saying “Harry Kane”.
The message was retweeted over 20,000 times and provoked a huge response, much of which was aimed at Tottenham and Kane, who has recently returned from an ankle injury.
An FA spokesman said: “We have written to both clubs to apologise for any offence caused.”
Tottenham did not make any comment.
However, it is understood neither club was impressed by the nature of the tweet given it came from an official account.
Kane struggled to impose himself on the game but moved to deny claims that he was injured.
“That’s people’s opinion,” said Kane. “People are always going to look for something to say when maybe you’re not firing at your best. At the end of the day, I’ve still scored two in my last four (games). It’s not the worst in the world.
“But when you set standards, people are going to look for things when you’re not at them. I’m the same. I want to be better, I want to do better.
“I feel good. I feel sharp. It’s been a tough week, a tough week for the team.”
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