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11th Jan 2019

Roy Hodgson “totally believes” Wayne Hennessey’s explanation over gesture

Simon Lloyd

The Welsh goalkeeper denied making a Nazi salute

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has “no reason to disbelieve” Wayne Hennessey after the goalkeeper denied claims that he was pictured making a Nazi salute while dining with his teammates recently.

An image of Hennessey, taken at a meal with his Palace teammates, was widely circulated on social media earlier this week. This prompted the 31-year-old to later tweet that he had been “waving and shouting” at the person taking the picture – not making an offensive gesture.

While it’s since emerged that the Football Association plan to investigate the matter, Hodgson has told reporters on Friday that he accepts Hennessey’s explanation.


“I believe him totally,” the former England boss said. “I have no reason to disbelieve him.

“The other players had no awareness of anything inappropriate, so much so that they had no idea before the photo was posted that it had happened.

“Wayne has explained himself very satisfactorily to both me and the club. I know Wayne, I know the type of man he is and I have no hesitation whatsoever in backing him and backing his version of the story.”

Hennessey played for Palace during their FA Cup Third Round defeat of Grimsby Town last weekend but is expected to drop to the bench for this week’s league meeting with Watford.