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Hodgson ‘Furious’

October 18, 2013 by  

Hodgson ‘Furious’, The Football Association has thrown its full support behind Roy Hodgson after speaking directly to every member of the national squad involved in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying victory over Poland and ascertaining that none had taken offence at the punchline to a “space monkey” joke Hodgson had relayed at half-time.

The England manager, meanwhile, was left furious that the feelgood factor generated by the qualification for the World Cup had been immediately blown away by the furore. “The players are as angry about this as I am,” he told the Daily Mail. “We have just had a successful period and, although I wouldn’t suggest we intend to rest on our laurels, I think we have earned the right to enjoy the fruits of our labours. Instead we get this…”

Hodgson had used the phrase “feed the monkey” during the interval at Wembley in an attempt to encourage his players to give the ball more often to the winger, Andros Townsend. It is unclear whether the manager relayed the whole of what he clearly considers to be a well-known joke, which became popular at the US space agency, Nasa, in the 1960s and 1970s after it sent monkeys into space before humans.

Townsend has since taken to Twitter to stress no offence was taken, though the word “monkey” can certainly have racist connotations. The anti-racism campaign Kick It Out had asked the FA to investigate after the story emerged in Thursday’s Sun newspaper.

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