Andros: No offence was meant

Andros Townsend has tweeted to say "no offence was meant and none was taken" in relation to a joke made by national team manager Roy Hodgson at half-time of the World Cup qualifier against Poland on Tuesday night.

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Anti-racist campaigners back FA on Hodgson joke

Kick It Out, the campaign against racism in football, have backed the FA's statement in support of England coach Roy Hodgson after his half-time joke during a World Cup qualifier against Poland.

The Kick It Out campaign has backed the FA's statement of support for England coach Roy Hodgson Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The campaigners said they were "pleased" the matter had been investigated swiftly by the FA, adding: "If there has been no complaint on the back of the investigation then the matter can only be deemed as concluded."

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FA backs Roy Hodgson over half-time joke

The Football Association has given its "full support" to England football coach Roy Hodgson after he was criticised for a joke he made at half-time during a World Cup qualifier with Poland.

FA Chairman Greg Dyke has backed England football coach Roy Hodgson Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

FA Chairman Greg Dyke said Roy Hodgson "is a man of the highest integrity, an honourable man who is doing a great job with the England team. He has and deserves the full support of The Football Association".

In a statement on the FA website, Dyke added: “He has made clear there was no intent to say anything inappropriate, and he was certainly not making any comments with any racist connotation. Importantly, he has apologised for any unintended offence that may have been taken."

The FA said it had not received any complaints from the players after talking to the squad "extensively" to determine whether they had any problems with Hodgson's behaviour.

“He has fully explained to us what he said and the point he was making to the players in the dressing room at half-time on Tuesday night," Dyke said.

"He has also explained the context in which he made his remarks."

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Roy Hodgson's apology after half time joke

England manager Roy Hodgson apologised after making a joke about a space monkey and winger Andros Townsend during half time of the 2-0 win over Poland. He said:

I would like to apologise if any offence has been caused by what I said at half time.

There was absolutely no intention on my part to say anything inappropriate.

I made this clear straight away to Andros in the dressing room.

– Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson is believed to have used the joke about a space monkey to encourage right back Chris Smalling to pass the ball to Andros Townsend.

Andros Townsend tweets: 'No offence was meant'

Andros Townsend has tweeted to say "no offence was meant and none was taken" in relation to a joke made by national team manager Roy Hodgson at half-time of the World Cup qualifier against Poland on Tuesday night.

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