Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is “desperate” to discover Adolf Hitler and World War 2 after being accused of making a Nazi salute, says Eagles manager Roy Hodgson.
The Wales international, 32, was charged by the Football Association (FA) for making an offending gesture.
However, the case was not shown after Hennessey informed an FA panel he did not know what a Nazi salute was.
Hodgson states an absence of knowledge about the duration might be “swarming” in football.
The FA panel discovered Hennessey showed a “lamentable degree of ignorance” about Adolf Hitler, fascism and the Nazi program.
” He is in fact extremely desperate now to discover as much as he can,” Hodgson said.
Hennessey was pictured with his ideal arm in the air and left hand above his mouth in a picture posted on Instagram by German team-mate Max Meyer after Palace’s FA Cup win over Grimsby on 5 January.
Hennessey denied the charge and stated any similarity to the Nazi gesture was “definitely coincidental”.
The charge was found not shown after two members of the three-man panel thought the photo had been “misinterpreted” and that Hennessey had been “attempting to yell at and to catch the attention of the waiter”.
The keeper had declared he “waved and shouted at the person taking the image to get on with it” and “put my turn over my mouth to make the sound bring”.
He sent photographs to the panel of him making comparable gestures throughout matches to bring in the attention of team-mates.
Hennessey stated “from the outset” of the hearing that he did not know what a Nazi salute was.
Hodgson, 71, stated: “I don’t rather know what the young generation is discovering it.
” What is essential in that report is that they made it completely clear they discovered Wayne a very sincere and kind and excellent individual.”
He stated the club would be working with football anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out to enhance education not simply for Hennessey however for any team-mates who needed to learn about the period.
” We and Kick It Out work very closely together and between us I believe we will be searching for an option in the case of this one person, but I would think that this may be a subject which exceeds one person. We may be highlighting with Wayne that it’s actually rife throughout football.
” I have actually no idea about the level of knowledge in relation to the Holocaust, the Second World War, in other clubs or perhaps in our club. It’s now something we understand might well exist and will have to be handled.
” Together – the club and Kick It Out – we will arrange it out.”