Crystal Palace boss Hodgson reveals verdict Hennessey controversy

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has defended goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey after he was alleged to have made a Nazi salute.

The Palace stopper was pictured with his right arm in the air in a photo posted on Instagram by team-mate Max Meyer.

“I believe him totally. I have no reason to disbelieve it,” Hodgson said.

“Wayne has explained it very satisfactorily to me and the club. I know the man he is and I back him.”

In a statement on Twitter, Hennessey said: “Yesterday evening I had a meal with my team mates and we had a group photograph. I waved and shouted at the person taking the picture to get on with it and at the same time put my hand over my mouth to make the sound carry.

“It’s been brought to my attention that frozen in a moment by the camera this looks like I am making a completely inappropriate type of salute.

“I can assure everyone I would never ever do that and any resemblance to that kind of gesture is absolutely coincidental. Love and peace Wayne.”