Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has denied making a Nazi salute while dining with teammates to celebrate his club’s FA Cup third round win.
The Wales international can be seen in the background of a team photograph with one arm raised in the air, and a hand covering his mouth.
The image was shared as an Instagram story by Max Meyer, Crystal Palace’s German midfielder. It has since expired.
Hennessey later argued on Twitter that he was actually trying to get the attention of the person taking the photograph “to get on with it and at the same time put my hand over my mouth to make the sound carry”.
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— Wayne Hennessey (@WayneHennessey1) January 6, 2019
He added: “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.”
Hennessey, 31, featured in Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win over League Two side Grimsby Town on Saturday.