Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has said that Wayne Hennessey is “actually very desperate now to learn as much as he can” about World War II after he was able to shrug off the accusation of making a Nazi salute by claiming he did not know what one was.
The 32-year-old goalkeeper came under-fire for appearing to make the gesture during an evening dinner in a photo that was shared on Instagram by one of his teammates.
Wayne Hennessey reportedly thought this was Freddie Mercury during the early days of Queen. pic.twitter.com/6LAu9zFnoX
— L.i.am (@GilesyL14) April 16, 2019
The charge was found not proven because a disciplinary panel believed the picture had been “misinterpreted” and Hennessey had instead been “trying to shout at and to catch the attention of the waiter”.
The FA went on to assert that the player held a “lamentable degree of ignorance” about Hitler, fascism and the Nazi regime.
"Germany? Never heard of it"
— Thom (@ohhithom) April 16, 2019
Former England coach Hodgson maintained:
I’ve no idea about the level of knowledge in relation to the Holocaust, the Second World War, in other clubs or even in our club.
It’s now something we know may well exist and will have to be dealt with.
Together, the club and Kick It Out, we will sort it out, certainly where Wayne is concerned because he is actually very desperate now to learn as much as he can.
What is important in that report is that they made it perfectly clear they found Wayne a very honest and kind and good individual.
These were the best tweets and jokes after an FA charge against Wayne Hennessey for making a Hitler salute was not proven and the club insist the goalie’s “desperate now” to learn about the Nazis:
The what? Are they a band or something?
— Auba Small Things (@MkhiMcCarthy) April 19, 2019
Hope no ones ruins the ending for him
— Jonathan Browne (@Jonathanbrowne2) April 20, 2019
Old Roy can tell him about when he parachuted in on D-Day
— el Tav (@elTav) April 20, 2019
Said a spokesman pic.twitter.com/tt2SObP4yA
— Philip Shortland#FBPE (@PhilipShortland) April 16, 2019
is he joining Chelsea??
— colin (@skiathospurs) April 19, 2019
Hennessey in September pic.twitter.com/CqSCO8ZPnS
— Shaun O'Hara (@shaun1ohara) April 20, 2019
Lads you’ve blagged your way out of it, quit while you’re ahead
— R (@King_R_) April 19, 2019
Imagine getting to his ages and never having seen any Indiana Jones movies… My god.
— Pete (@headofMoncur) April 19, 2019
Tom Riddle is 'desperate' to learn about Horcruxes, says Horace Slughorn
— ITS AAPONING (@WookieHoney) April 19, 2019
Just put the Yesterday channel on for him.
— Laura Jones (@YICETOR) April 19, 2019
Teach him about the story of Pinocchio first.
— Biggies MaIIs (@MoMoneyMoSaIah) April 19, 2019
‘Hitler? Never heard of him mate. Wait, is he the left-back at Hoffenheim? Cracking talent.’
— Mike Oxborrow (@oxborrow1) April 16, 2019
Hands up if you believe him. No, not like that.
— greywulf (@greywulf) April 16, 2019
If only there were some kind of book or documentary he could be given. Does anyone know of any?
— MB (@1burnm) April 20, 2019
Allo Allo now on Netflix Wayne
— Peter Nolan (@ptr_nln) April 19, 2019
He’s shown how keen he is by learning the salute.
— Baseballscot (@baseballscot) April 19, 2019
Imagine what's gonna happen if he is papped reading Mein Kampf.
— Craig Wright – Tech Writer (@straygoat) April 20, 2019
Suppose it could be true. I mean Heather Mills hadn’t heard of The Beatles until she got dicked by Paul McCartney in the 90’s
— Jennifer Johnson (@Jenni_J0hnson) April 20, 2019
‘Is that Wayne Hennessey? A friend of mine said To call you, said we’d get along fine. Here, I tell you who else fancied a residency at the palace..’ pic.twitter.com/pIneUwFekR
— Mo' (@mocent0) April 19, 2019
Is it not more likely he'd misheard the photographer's name and was responding accordingly? pic.twitter.com/TckUAxIVbZ
— Tony Taylor (@itstonyt10) April 16, 2019
presumably Mr Bitler was the chef
— James Dutton (@jrgdutton) April 16, 2019
Where’s Wayne’s history teacher to clear all this up!?
— Jack (@JMC2803) April 20, 2019
Wayne Hennessey’s WWII pic.twitter.com/01qCse4BaX
— MH (@mart_holliday) April 20, 2019
So many people sceptical about FA ruling on Wayne Hennessey. But the FA have been consistent on this for decades. In 1938, the England team, including Stanley Matthews, played Germany in Berlin and all tried to attract the waiter's attention before kick-off. pic.twitter.com/tExGQlGePb
— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) April 16, 2019
— Jamie (@Turkeyfish15) April 16, 2019
— Anthony AD (@AshAnthonyDavis) April 20, 2019
Not sure I’d have Wayne Hennessey on my quiz team.
— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) April 16, 2019
Wayne Hennessey and Roy Hodgson take a road trip to Auschwitz pic.twitter.com/zk4RDxg3zz
— . (@JckGrg) April 19, 2019
Wayne Hennessey's former PE teacher Mrs Pritchard: "He wasn't particularly academic."
— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) April 16, 2019