Wayne Hennessey denies making ‘Nazi’ gesture

Wayne Hennessey
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: Wayne Hennessey of Crystal Palace arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at London Stadium on December 8, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has denied accusations of making a Nazi salute in teammate Max Meyer’s Instagram.

The picture (which has since been deleted) appeared to show the Wales international making the infamous ‘Sieg Heil’ sign which was used as a greeting in Nazi Germany.

However, the former Wolverhampton Wanderers shot-stopper has decided to clear up any controversy by explaining the post on his official Twitter page.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Declan Rice of West Ham United challenges Max Meyer of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on February 9, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Why English is very important to Meyer

The Crystal Palace midfielder is learning English after leaving his native Germany for south London, and he believes this has made him become a better person.

“Yesterday evening I had a meal with my teammates and we had a group photograph,” he wrote on Sunday night.

“I waved and shouted at the person taking the picture to get on with it and at the same time put my hand over my mouth to make the sound carry.”

“It’s been brought to my attention that frozen in a moment by the camera this looks like I am making a completely inappropriate type of salute.”

“I can assure everyone I would never ever do that and any resemblance to that kind of gesture is absolutely coincidental. Love and peace Wayne.”