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Wayne Hennessey: EPL player showed ‘lamentable’ ignorance of Fascism

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The 32-year-old, who plays for English Premier League side Crystal Palace, was charged by English football's governing body after he was photographed with one hand raised in the air and the other across the top of his mouth — which could be interpreted as representing Hitler's mustache — at the dinner in January 2019.The Wales international denied making a Nazi salute, claiming he was trying to get the attention of the photographer (waiter Jordan Bussolini) and was cupping his hand over his mouth to project his voice — after the photo was uploaded to Instagram by teammate Max Meyer.The FA cleared Hennessey of making the offensive gesture last month, and has now published a written reason for the decision. It said the goalkeeper had "categorically denied" making the salute and that the player had claimed to be unaware of what the gesture even meant. "Improbable as that may seem to those of us of an older generation, we do not reject that assertion as untrue," read the statement. "In fact, when cross-examined about this Mr Hennessey displayed a very considerable — one might even say lamentable – degree of ignorance about anything to do with Hitler, Fascism and the Nazi regime." READ: How Borussia Dortmund is leading football's fight against the far-right in GermanyREAD: 'Jews to the gas' — The anti-Semitism shaming Dutch soccerThe three-man panel added Hennessey would be "well advised to familiarize himself with events which continue to have great significance to those who live in a free country." While one member of the panel considered that the "only plausible explanation for the gesture Mr Hennessey made was that it was a Nazi salute," the majority believed his actioRead More – Source