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Spurs: The Sun Goes Looking For Racism In Andros Townsend’s Space Monkey

by | 17th, October 2013

THAT the Sun has little time for Roy Hodgson is no great shock. He is, after all, guilty of not being the Sun’s columnist and England would-be legend Harry Redknapp. And so it is that one day after Roy’s Rover  have made it into the World Cup Finals by winning their tricky qualifying group, the Sun wades in with an Andros Townsend  RACE ROW:


Before the story, let’s hear from the Spurs winger:

“I don’t know what all this fuss is about. No offence was meant and none was taken! It’s not even news worthy!”

The Sun:

ENGLAND boss Roy Hodgson made a race gaffe when he used the term “feed the monkey” during his half-time team talk against Poland at Wembley. The line, from a joke, came as he urged team-mates to pass to Andros Townsend. It was heard by all the players and is known to have caused offence. Hodgson apologised last night.. .

But Hodgson, who has previously branded racism “abhorrent”, insisted he had not intended to say anything inappropriate when making the comment, which he used to encourage defender Chris Smalling to pass the ball to fleet-footed winger Townsend.

The remark is the punchline from a widely-known joke involving a space flight, in which an astronaut admits his only role is to feed two intelligent monkeys who are piloting his ship.

So. It was a joke. But in case you misunderstood and wanted to see what the Sun sees, the paper notes:

The term monkey is often used by racists to insult black people.


Is the Sun saying that Hodgson is a hypocrite? What is the purpose of the

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