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Palace keeper Hennessey cleared over alleged Nazi salute

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Pin Welsh international Hennessey has been on the end of a backlash of criticism in recent weeks. AFP
Welsh international Hennessey has been on the end of a backlash of criticism in recent weeks. AFP

Palace keeper Hennessey cleared over alleged Nazi salute

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Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey displayed a "lamentable degree of ignorance" regarding Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, an FA panel concluded on Tuesday after giving reasons for their verdict

The 32-year-old Crystal Palace keeper, who starred as Wales reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016, landed himself in hot water after making what appeared to be a Nazi salute on a night out on January 5 with his team-mates after beating lower league Grimsby Town in the FA Cup.

He claimed his gesture (raising his right arm and putting his left hand over his mouth), which was posted on Instagram by German teammate Max Meyer, was an effort to try and attract the attention of the person taking a photograph of the group.

The panel voted 2-1 in his favour earlier this month and on Tuesday delivered their written reasoning for the decision.

Hennessey said "from the outset" of the hearing he did not know what a Nazi salute was and any resemblance to it was "absolutely coincidental".

"Improbable as that may seem to those of us of an older generation, we do not reject that assertion as untrue," said the panel.

"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."

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