Football: FA apologises for cheeky Smalling-Kane tweet

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane (left) and Manchester United defender Chris Smalling tussling for the ball during their FA Cup semi-final on April 21, 2018.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane (left) and Manchester United defender Chris Smalling tussling for the ball during their FA Cup semi-final on April 21, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (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 (April 21) FA Cup semi-final.

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.