Wayne Hennessey: Crystal Palace goalkeeper cleared of FA charge over alleged Nazi salute


Wayne Hennessey: Crystal Palace goalkeeper cleared of FA charge over alleged Nazi salute

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been cleared of making a racist gesture during a club meal by an independent regulatory commission.

Hennessey, 32, denied making the gesture in a picture widely shared on social media after it was posted on Instagram by his German team-mate Max Meyer.

Hennessey appeared to be performing a Nazi salute in the picture

The incident occurred as the players celebrated their FA Cup defeat of Grimsby in January.

The Welsh goalkeeper had requested a personal hearing, after which the FA said a breach of the disciplinary rules had been ‘found not proven’ by an independent regulatory commission.

A statement from the FA on Friday morning said: “It was alleged that a gesture he made, which was captured by a photograph and posted on social media, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute, contrary to FA Rule E3(1).