Roy Hodgson says sorry for 'monkey' joke

The word 'monkey' can have racist connotations, but although the joke concludes with the words "feed the monkey", it is not racist in nature. Townsend is of Cypriot and Jamaican descent.

updated: October 17, 2013 15:55 IST
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London: England manager Roy Hodgson apologised on Thursday following British media reports that he offended a member of his squad by telling a joke about a monkey.

Several newspapers claimed that Hodgson told the joke at half-time of his side's 2-0 win over Poland on Tuesday, which saw them qualify for next year's World Cup in Brazil.

According to the reports, Hodgson encouraged his players to pass the ball to in-form Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend by telling a joke about a monkey being sent into space by US space agency NASA.

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