Manchester United manager David Moyes says he is 100 per cent certain that England boss Roy Hodgson is not racist.
Hodgson apologised on Thursday for any offence he may have caused after telling the England players a joke about a space monkey during Tuesday night's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Poland at Wembley.
However, several England players have since defended Hodgson, saying that no offence was intended or caused, while the Football Association have also pledged their full support to the 66-year-old.
And now Moyes has become the latest high-profile figure to back the current England manager, who guided the Three Lions to World Cup qualification this week.
"It should never overshadow what England have done in getting [to Brazil]," Moyes, who was speaking ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash against Southampton, told reporters. "One thing is for sure: Roy isn't a racist: 100 per cent I know that."
The Red Devils' boss also added that none of his players had voiced their disapproval with Hodgson since returning from international duty.
He added: "The only thing I'm disappointed by is that Roy should be patted on the back [instead of getting this reaction.]"