08/13/2012 11:00 EDT | Updated 10/13/2012 05:12 EDT

Japan women's football team upgraded to business class after winning silver medal

TOKYO - Members of the Japan women's football team returned home on the weekend and got upgraded to business class after winning a silver medal at the London Games.

Japan's world champion women's team took exception to flying in economy class while their male counterparts sat in business class en route to the games.

The Japan Football Association said Monday the women's team sat in business on the way home because they won a medal.

Japan lost to the United States 2-1 in the gold medal game on Thursday in a rematch of last year's World Cup final.

The JFA said the men's under-23 Olympic team members, who failed to win a medal, flew in business class to London because they are professionals.