Wayne Hennessey 'desperate' to learn about Nazis, says Roy Hodgson

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Wayne Hennessey made headlines for all the wrong reasons in January when he appeared to make a Nazi salute in a photo.

The Crystal Palace goalkeeper was captured during a team meal with his right arm in the air and left hand above his mouth.

German teammate Max Meyer posted the image on Instagram and Hennessey insisted that he didn’t know what a Nazi salute was and was "trying to shout at and to catch the attention of the waiter”.

After an investigation, the 32-year-old was charged by the Football Association, guilty of making an offensive gesture.

The charge was found not proven but the FA panel declared that Hennessey showed a "lamentable degree of ignorance" about Adolf Hitler, fascism and the Nazi regime.

As a result, Palace boss Roy Hodgson claims that his ‘keeper is now ‘very desperate’ to improve his knowledge on those subjects.

"He is actually very desperate now to learn as much as he can," Hodgson said.

"I don't quite know what the young generation is learning about it.

"What is important in that report is that they made it perfectly clear they found Wayne a very honest and kind and good individual.

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"We and Kick It Out work very closely together and between us I think we will be looking for a solution in the case of this one individual, but I would guess that this might be a subject which goes beyond one individual. We might be highlighting with Wayne that it's actually rife throughout football.

"I've no idea about the level of knowledge in relation to the Holocaust, the Second World War, in other clubs or even in our club. It's now something we know may well exist and will have to be dealt with.

"Together - the club and Kick It Out - we will sort it out."

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