Crystal Palace’s Hennessey Cleared over Arm Gesture

April 05, 2019

Crystal Palace goalkeeper, Wayne Hennessey, has been cleared by the Football Association (FA) of making an offensive gesture during a night out with his team.

In a picture posted to team-mate Max Meyer’s Instagram account, Hennessey appears to have one arm raised above his head and one arm over his mouth, which was alleged to be a Nazi salute.

The photo was taken at a Crystal Palace team meal on 5 January, after they beat Grimsby 1-0 in the FA Cup third round.

The 32-year-old was charged by the FA in January, who alleged that he had “brought the game into disrepute”, and that his gesture “included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion and/or belief”.

However, Hennessey denied the charge, and in a post on social media in January, explained that he had been waving to the person taking the photo, and shouting that they should “get on with it”. He had placed his hand to his mouth to make the sound carry.

An independent disciplinary commission has now found the charge against Hennessey as “not proven”.