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FA to investigate Wayne Hennessey alleged 'Nazi salute'

The Welsh goalkeeper said any resemblance to a Nazi salute is Credit: PA Images

The Football Association is looking into an incident which led Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to deny making a Nazi salute.

The Welsh international goalkeeper appeared in a photograph posted on the social media site Instagram by Palace's German midfielder Max Meyer while celebrating his club's FA Cup win against Grimsby at the weekend.

The 31-year-old from Bangor is seen in the background of the picture with his right arm in the air and hand over his mouth.

He has since released a statement saying any resemblance to "that kind of gesture is absolutely coincidental."

"Yesterday evening I had a meal with my team mates and we had a group photograph", Hennessey said on his Twitter and Instagram account on Sunday evening.

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I waved and shouted at the person taking the picture to go 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.

– Wayne Hennessey
The 31-year-old has made 81 appearances for Wales Credit: PA Images

The statement finished: "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."

Hennessey, who made 81 appearances for Wales, began the season as first choice at Palace, but has recently lost his place to Spaniard Vicente Guaita.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson recalled Hennessey to the starting line-up for the third-round tie against Grimsby at the weekend.