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Wayne Hennessey told the FA he didnt know what a Nazi salute was

Wayne Hennessey escaped sanctions despite showing a lamentable degree of ignorance
Wayne Hennessey was pictured in an Instagram story making the alleged gesture (Picture: Instagram)

Wayne Hennessey displayed a lamentable degree of ignorance about Adolf Hitler, fascism and the Nazi regime during a recent Football Association hearing.

The Crystal Palace goalkeeper was charged with making an offensive gesture after an image was posted on Instagram by his German teammate Max Meyer following his sides FA Cup win over Grimsby back in January.

Hennessey was subsequently found not guilty during a regulatory commission hearing last week, convincing the panel he was trying to shout at and to catch the attention of the waiter.

Responding to the Wales internationals claim that he did not know what a Nazi salute was, the panel said: Improbable as that may seem to those of us of an older generation, we do not reject that assertion as untrue.

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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.

Regrettable though it may be that anyone should be unaware of so important a part of our own and world history, we do not feel we should therefore find he was not telling the truth about this.

All we would say (at the risk of sounding patronising) is that Mr Hennessey would be well advised to familiarise himself with events which continue to have great significance to those who live in a free country.

Hennessey denied the charge and said any resemblance to the Nazi gesture was absolutely coincidental.

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