Crystal Palace and Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has categorically denied making a 'Nazi salute' while on a night out with teammates, and has released a statement on social media to deny the claims.
The picture, posted by teammate Max Meyer on Instagram, immediately raised questions after many spotted the gesture Hennessey was making in the background.
It appears the 31-year-old raises his arm and places his hand over his mouth, as you can see in the below image.
Hennessey, though, has released the following statement on Twitter, denying their was any intent.
"Yesterday evening I had a meal with my team mates and we had a group photograph." he said on his official account.
"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"
Hennessey was on a team night out after their FA Cup victory over Grimsby.
It is believed that the goalkeeper could face an investigation by his club in the upcoming days, with Sky Sports suggesting the Football Association could take action.
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