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Auschwitz Memorial offers Hennessey lesson on Nazi history, salute

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Wayne Hennessey will not be charged for making what was alleged to have been a Nazi salute earlier this year after he successfully pleaded to the Football Association that he did not know what a Nazi salute was, it was announced on Tuesday.

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The FA deemed it a case of “considerable ignorance” on Hennessey’s part. “Improbable as that may seem to those of us of an older generation, we do not reject that assertion as untrue,” their statement read.

“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.

“Regrettable though it may be that anyone should be unaware of so important a part of our own and world history, we do not feel we should therefore find he was not telling the truth about this.

“All we would say (at the risk of sounding patronizing) is that Mr. Hennessey would be well advised to familiarize himself with events which continue to have great significance to those who live in a free country.”

As such, the Auschwitz Memorial, the museum which preserves the site of the former German Nazi Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp, has referred the Crystal Palace goalkeeper to a 37-step an online course about Nazi propaganda and the symbols and gestures which came to represent Nazism.

The 32-year-old Welsh international explained his actions the day after the photo was posted online by teammate Max Meyer, saying, “I waved and shouted at the person taking the picture to get 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. I can assure everyone I would never ever do that and any resemblance to that kind of gesture is absolutely coincidental.”

Hennessey has played in just three games for Palace — two in the Premier League and one in the FA Cup — since the photo was taken on Jan. 5.

Palace’s Hennessey denies making Nazi salute

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Wayne Hennessey has released a statement denying claims he made a Nazi salute.

A photo posted on Instagram by Hennessey’s Crystal Palace teammate, Max Meyer, appeared to show Hennessey, 31, making the salute in the background.

The Palace players were out at a team meal after they beat Grimsby Town in the FA Cup on Saturday and Meyer’s photo has since he expired.

Below is Hennessey’s statement on the matter via his Twitter account:

“Yesterday evening I had a meal with my team mates and we had a group photograph. I waved and shouted at the person taking the picture to get 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. 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.”

The image of the alleged salute can be seen below.

Manchester United’s flailing attack fails vs. Palace

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  • Palace outshoots United 13-12
  • Van Aanholt wasteful for Eagles
  • United fails to rebound from derby loss

It was a day for the goalkeepers at Old Trafford, where Jose Mourinho’s idealess Manchester United drew Crystal Palace 0-0 on Saturday.

Wayne Hennessey and David De Gea both made fine saves, but Palace will be much happier as it ends a daunting schedule run with a point.

United will finish the weekend at least six points back of the Top Four, while Palace moves 15th with nine points.

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Crystal Palace was very physical with United, scooping up a pair of yellow cards while working over Jesse Lingard and crew.

Mamadou Sakho and Luka Milivojevic both were cautioned, but Patrick Van Aanholt sent a warning to the hosts when he flubbed a Wilfried Zaha feed and sent his chance shy of the goal.

Cheikhou Kouyate was just offside before the break when he nodded a Milivojevic free kick past David De Gea.

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Romelu Lukaku was just as offside — meaning only a shoulder — when he pushed a rebound over the line in the 57th.

De Gea made a double save on Van Aanholt in the 63rd minute, as Palace looked the better bet to break through for an opener.

United looked to have its table set when Marcus Rashford won consecutive sliding challenges to cue up Alexis Sanchez in space, but the Chilean made a poor decision and worse pass to flub it.

At the other end, Townsend became the second player to let United off the hook with a wild effort after cutting Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof in two.

To be fair to United, it was up against an in-form keeper in Wayne Hennessey. The veteran Welsh keeper made a late stop on Lukaku to keep it 0-0.

Salah sets table as Liverpool tops 10-man Palace

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  • Milner converts it
  • Wan-Bissaka sent off
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James Milner converted a Mohamed Salah-won penalty kick, and Liverpool held off pesky 10-man Crystal Palace in a 2-0 win at Selhurst Park on Monday.

Sadio Mane scored the second on a counter attack breakaway following a stoppage time corner kick for Palace. Salah assisted the goal.

Liverpool next hosts Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, while Palace will host Watford on Sunday.

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Liverpool had much of the early possession, but key interventions including two from 20-year-old Aaron Wan-Bissaka helped keep the Reds at bay.

Naby Keita cooked Andros Townsend with a quick turn deep in the Liverpool half, then dropped a long ball over the top of the Palace defense for Salah.

The Premier League’s reigning scorer, however, couldn’t keep his chipped effort from sailing over the bar and it remained scoreless in the 23rd minute.

Townsend provided Palace’s first danger with a curling effort off the bar, and Trent Alexander-Arnold blocked Wilfried Zaha‘s rebound shot out for a corner kick.

Wayne Hennesey handled a Sadio Mane near post rip in the 28th minute, and Palace dealt with the corner.

Referee Michael Oliver awarded a penalty kick to Salah after contact in the box with Mamadou Sakho. Milner scored his attempt, as he usually does.

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Palace looked far more comfortable in possession to start the second half, but it was a Zaha counter attack which won a free kick that led to a two-handed flying save by Alisson Becker. That Luka Milivojevic effort did lead to a corner kick, and an eventual dangerous but inaccurate rip from Patrick Van Aanholt.

Moments after Palace looked good money to produce an equalizer, Wan-Bissaka had to take down Salah on a 1v1 run toward Hennessey. A red card was produced, and the free kick came from just outside the 18.

Chelsea 2-1 Palace: More Willian electricity

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Willian was the danger man and his goal was joined by a Martin Kelly own goal as Chelsea cruised past Crystal Palace 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Patrick Van Aanholt scored a 90th minute goal to pull one back for Palace.

The Blues remain comfortably fifth with 56 points while injury-hit Palace remains 18th but did get a Wilfried Zaha substitute appearance.

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Chelsea was in control early, and Wayne Hennessey answered the bell when Giroud redirected N'Golo Kante‘s shot on target.

Willian then hit a low shot toward the near post that Hennessey collected with a dive.

The Brazilian got it over the line in the 25th minute, cutting into the center of the park and seeing a slightly-deflected offering beat Hennessey to the near post.

A well-worked Chelsea move saw Willian allow a Marcos Alonso cross through his leg to Hazard, who cued Zappacosta for a shot that turned off two Crystal Palace players and into the goal.

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Chelsea opened the second half with a poor giveaway, and Alexander Sorloth cranked a shot off the near post as Palace failed to pull back a goal.

Willian worked a 1-2 with Giroud, but took an extra touch on the return ball and saw his shot blocked by James Tomkins.

Hennessey denied Hazard in the 55th minute, as Chelsea looked to keep its form firing on all cylinders ahead of the midweek match with Barcelona.

Wilfried Zaha won a free kick on the left edge of the 18, and his blocked shot found Patrick van Aanholt. His shot was caught by Thibaut Courtois.

A Willian free kick at the other end beat the wall but not the flying parry of Hennessey. And Giroud hit the post in the 67th.

Sorloth had an 85th minute goal pulled back for undisclosed reasons, as Palace probably should’ve had 2-1 with five minutes to play. It got its goal when Van Aanholt prodded a shot through Courtois’ legs in the 90th minute.