England's Graeme Swann has apologised for a "crass and offensive" comment after he compared the third Ashes cricket test loss to Australia to being raped. The comment, made in a Facebook exchange with his brother and picked up by British newspapers, prompted outrage on social media and from rape charities. "Sorry to anyone who was offended by my comments in the papers today. Crass and thoughtless of me in the extreme," the spin bowler said on his Twitter account on Thursday. He had posted the Facebook comment in response to his brother, Alec, who said he had enjoyed a night out seeing a band in Northampton. "Rather have been there than being a*** raped in Perth!" Swann replied, referring to England's humiliating defeat that handed Australia an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the Ashes series. His message sparked condemnation from Yvonne Traynor, the chief executive of Rape Crisis in Britain. "We are appalled that Graeme Swann equates a cricket match with the devastatingly serious crime of rape," she said. "It is the duty of people in the public eye to make sure that their own distorted views are kept to themselves and not shared with the general public. "These comments lack compassion and intelligence."