Roy Hodgson backed by FA chairman after ‘space monkey’ joke
On Tuesday night, Roy Hodgson was being praised for steering England into the 2014 World Cup. 24 hours later and the Three Lions manager is in the spotlight for a joke he told the team at half-time against Poland.
October 17th, 2013
The 66-year-old was clearly attempting to be humorous with his quip about space monkeys, with the punchline ending with a Nasa reply: “Don’t touch anything – just feed the monkey.”
The fact that Hodgson was using the joke to intimate the England players should pass the ball to Andros Townsend at all times was unfortunate although this has now broken into the public domain, forcing the England manager to apologise.
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 he did not take any offence, and understood the point I was making in the manner I intended.”
Indeed, Townsend tweeted that the story wasn’t even newsworthy, while the FA chairman has been forced to come out in support of Hodgson.
Greg Dyke used a statement which backed Hodgson, saying: “Roy Hodgson is a man of the highest integrity, an honourable man who is doing a great job with the England team. He has and deserves the full support of the Football Association.
“He has fully explained to us what he said and the point he was making to the players in the dressing room at half-time on Tuesday night. He has also explained the context in which he made his remarks. He has made clear there was no intent to say anything inappropriate, and he was certainly not making any comments with any racist connotation. Importantly, he has apologised for any unintended offence that may have been taken”.