Hodgson says sorry for ‘monkey’ joke

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LONDON (AFP) – England manager Roy Hodgson apologised on Thursday following British media reports that he offended a member of his squad by telling a joke about a monkey.Several newspapers claimed that Hodgson told the joke at half-time of his side’s 2-0 win over Poland on Tuesday, which saw them qualify for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.According to the reports, Hodgson encouraged his players to pass the ball to in-form Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend by telling a joke about a monkey being sent into space by US space agency NASA.The word ‘monkey’ can have racist connotations, but although the joke concludes with the words “feed the monkey”, it is not racist in nature. Townsend is of Cypriot and Jamaican descent.In a statement, Hodgson said: “I would like to apologise if any offence has been caused by what I said at half-time.“There was absolutely no intention on my part to say anything inappropriate. I made this clear straight away to Andros in the dressing room.“I also spoke to Andros again on Wednesday. He has assured me and the FA (Football Association) he did not take any offence, and understood the point I …

Source: Vanguard News

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