Ignorance about anything to do with Hitler, fascism and the Nazis

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first_img Twitter Share on Facebook Pinterest “Improbable as that may seem to those of us of an older generation, we do not reject that assertion as untrue,” wrote the commission in a 20-page document giving the reasons for the decision to dismiss the charge of improper conduct brought against the goalkeeper. Mr Hennessey explained that if the photo (which was taken on a night out arranged by Crystal Palace players to commemorate a victory over Grimsby Town, lest that historic event be forgotten) showed him with his right arm raised at a 45-degree angle and his left arm over his mouth, that was because he was trying to catch the attention of the person taking the shot, a French waiter named Jordan Bussolini. “Absolutely coincidental,” is how Hennessey described the sinister connotations that were later spelt out to him. The goalkeeper was upset to be accused of mimicking Hitler when all he was trying to do was put the hurry up on Bussolini (“It was not challenged that Mr Hennessey does have rather a loud voice and tends to be impatient,” found the commission.)After thorough consideration of the facts available, the commission felt obliged to conclude the charge against Mr Hennessey was unproven. “In fact, when cross-examined about this Mr Hennessey displayed a very considerable – one might even say lamentable – degree of ignorance about anything to do with Hitler, fascism and the Nazi regime. All we would say (at the risk of sounding patronising) is that Mr Hennessey would be well advised to familiarise himself with events which continue to have great significance to those who live in a free country.” It is worth noting that the commission did consider the possibility that Mr Hennessey might have knowingly made his salute in the hallowed name of [email protected] but dismissed this theory on the grounds that: a) the player had not been on the sauce and; b) “no one else recalls Mr Hennessey playing the fool”. 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And we’re not talking about the time Kenny Jackett asked him to play against Gillingham away.In a development that gives hope to everyone who wishes to exist for more than three decades in a state of child-like innocence, it emerged that Mr Hennessey succeeded in becoming a fully-formed adult without becoming acquainted with the most basic details of the life and times of some moustachioed character called Adolf Hitler and his band, the Nazis. “Don’t mention the war” is an instruction that appears to have been followed to a tee by everyone Mr Hennessey has ever met in his whole life. Until last January, that is, when it was pointed out to the seasoned international that a gesture he was captured making in a team photograph bore an unfortunate resemblance to one popularised by the aforementioned Hitler. All Mr Hennessey could do was apologise for any misunderstanding and explain to an FA disciplinary commission that Nazi salutes were all Greek to him. 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