England and Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney, has joined the growing number of people standing behind Roy Hodgson in his recent battle with a racist allegation.
Roy Hodgson had told the England players that played against Poland on Tuesday a joke during half time, which inadvertently referred to Andros Townsend, England’s mixed race player, as a monkey while trying to illustrate his importance in the crucial World Cup qualification match.
Roy Hodgson has since apologised for the incident.
The FA had offered their support to the England manager earlier when its chairman, Greg Dyke, insisted no complaint had been made against Hodgson. He also said none of the England players were unhappy with his language and that Hodgson would face no disciplinary action from the FA.
Wayne Rooney, lending his support to the England manager, has branded the storm created by Hodgson’s joke a “ridiculous” smear on Hodgson.
“It’s really annoying that something such as this should see the light of day”. He said.
“All the lads know what type of guy Roy is and to try and pin some form of label on him is absolutely ridiculous.
“Roy spoke to Andros straight away, who took no offence whatsoever.” Rooney added.
It beggars belief, however, that so many people are rushing to defend what could best be described as an act of indiscretion by a national team coach in a racially sensitive environment.
Hodgson’s joke was at best insensitive and at worst, racially offensive.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, told listeners on a LBC radio program Thursday morning that the England coach “should choose his words more carefully” in future but refused to ask for his resignation.
MARK BRIGHT, former Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace player says he would have spoken privately to Roy Hodgson about the ‘monkey’ joke had he been a player in the England dressing room.
The former striker told MSN website: “I would have spoken to Roy after the game. I would have asked him for a quiet word.
“Then I would have said, ‘Boss I wasn’t happy with the analogy you used at half-time. I think it was a little bit offensive, there are eight black players in the room. You are using the term “monkey.” It hasn’t gone down well with me.’
“I have a lot of sympathy for Roy. But obviously his choice of story could have been a lot better.