The Football Association released its report after an investigation into whether Wayne Hennessey was captured on camera while performing a Nazi greeting – and are less than impressed by the keeper's historical knowledge.
Crystal Palace stop Hennessey was acquitted of performing the attacking gesture after an FA investigation into whether a photo on social media showed that the Wales international gave the greeting in the form of a straight-arm.
The governing body released their findings to the regulatory committee on Tuesday, in which they revealed that not only did Hennessey not perform a Nazi salute, but he didn't even know what he was.
An FA report contains a damning assessment of the historical knowledge of Wayne Hennessey
It follows an investigation into whether Hennessey had made a Nazi salute in a restaurant
The report says: & # 39; Mr. Hennessey categorically denied that he was giving a Nazi salute. In the beginning he said that he did not even know what he was.
& # 39; Unlikely if it looks like ours from an older generation, we don't reject that claim as untrue. When Mr. Hennessey made a cross-examination on this, he even showed a very considerable – one would even say regrettable – degree of ignorance about everything to do with Hitler, fascism and the Nazi regime.
& # 39; No matter how sad it may be that someone is not aware of such an important part of our own and world history, we don't think we should discover that he is not telling the truth about this.
& # 39; The only thing we would say (on impending paternalism) is that Mr. Hennessey would do well to familiarize himself with events that remain of great significance for those living in a free country. & # 39;
The research was launched after Hennessey was shown on the Instagram page of teammate Max Meyer in a restaurant in Mayfair on 5 January, with his left hand under his nose and his right arm straight in the air in front of him.
The pose was reminiscent of an impression by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler who performed the salute ring, and drew huge criticism on Hennessey, who denied any intention to insult.
The FA report states: & # 39; Mr. Hennessey absolutely denies that he meant it or meant it with the gesture. From the beginning he said that he just lifted his right arm to attract the attention of the waiter who was taking the photo while simultaneously clutching his left hand around his mouth to make his voice carry while shouting at the photographer to continue. & # 39;
The FA said they had compared Hennessey as he lifted his arm to draw the attention of his defense during competitions to the way he photographed his arm to determine if he was telling the truth.
They discovered that there were similarities, and after a day of deliberations, the panel decided by a majority to reject the indictment.
The report also reveals several Palace teammates who were at the dinner – after their FA Cup third-round win at Grimsby Town – provided evidence to support Hennessey.
These include Meyer, Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha, as well as manager Roy Hodgson, who spoke about the good character of Mr. Hennessey & # 39 ;.
Palace also conducted an internal investigation, in which they also cleared up the Hennessey of Abuses – although the FA report scornfully notes that this was an investigation that did not impress us & # 39 ;.
The state of affairs is explained in detail by the FA. It explains that the dinner was a relatively modest occasion that did not involve large amounts of alcohol. In any case, it is not disputed that Mr Hennessey (who was driving) did not drink alcohol at all.
& # 39; In our opinion, it is also relevant that no one else remembers that Mr. Hennessey played the fool or tried to amuse (even less try to offend) what he did or said.
& # 39; There was reliable evidence that the restaurant was a noisy place with loud music and therefore we accept that when it came to asking the waiter for a photo, someone on the other side of Mr. Hennessey's table perhaps had to shout to hear himself, as others might have done.
& # 39; By the way, it was not disputed that Mr. Hennessey has a rather loud voice and tends to be impatient and it is not surprising that he sometimes raises his voice to shout, as goalkeepers are known. Other witnesses confirm that people screamed and tried to get the photographer to hurry up and we accept that Mr. Hennessey was one of them.
& # 39; Mr. Bussolini, the waiter, has taken several photos, probably with two or three camera phones. On one version of the events he held the camera (& # 39; s) above his head; in another he stood on a chair. It matters little, since in both cases the only relevance is that it influences the view of Mr Hennessey's end of table.
& # 39; We accept that this process has taken some time and it is quite possible that someone in Mr Hennessey's position could become impatient. When trying to attract attention, it would not be unlikely that he would shout as he says he did. & # 39;