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‘He should attend race appreciation training’ – Quotes of the Week

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You may have been made aware of a joke that was told by England manager Roy Hodgson during the week.

Well, from that one gag regarding a 'space monkey', quite a considerable frenzy was whipped up as a result, despite the fact that Andros Townsend - the player in question - was not offended in the least.

Hodgson apologised, every man and his dog weighed in with their views and Quotes of the Week was compiled without much difficulty.

The joke in question: "NASA decided they’d finally send a man up in a capsule after sending only monkeys in the earlier missions. They fire the man and the monkey into space. The intercom crackles, ‘Monkey, fire the retros.’

"A little later, ‘Monkey, check the solid fuel supply.’ Later still, ‘Monkey, check the life support systems for the man.’ The astronaut takes umbrage and radioes NASA, ‘When do I get to do something?’ NASA replies, ‘In 15 minutes – feed the monkey.'"

The reaction...

"I would like to apologise if any offence has been caused by what I said at half-time. There was absolutely no intention on my part to say anything inappropriate. I made this clear straight away to Andros in the dressing room. I also spoke to Andros again on Wednesday. He has assured me and the FA he did not take any offence, and understood the point I was ­making in the manner I intended." - Hodgson swiftly apologises

Andros Townsend was not offended...

"The manager just told the players to give the ball to me so that's a compliment. Everyone should be focusing on England qualifying for Brazil - not on negative silly news." - As we said, he was not offended. At all.

Wayne Rooney registers his frustration...

"Roy Hodgson is a man of the highest integrity, an honourable man who is doing a great job with the England team. He has fully explained to us what he said and the point he was making to the players in the dressing room at half-time on Tuesday night. He has also explained the context in which he made his remarks. He has made clear there was no intent to say anything inappropriate, and he was certainly not making any comments with any racist connotation." - FA chairman Greg Dyke adds his penny's worth

"The 'innocent remark' made out of ignorance is sadly a common feature of football. We are using the appropriate complaints procedure to urge the FA to provide mandatory 'race appreciation' training and 'cultural capital and cultural intelligence' training to Roy Hodgson and all football managers in the UK. To announce that the matter is 'closed' without any action being taken against the England manager is unacceptable and wholly inconsistent with your policies on equality and diversity." - Peter Herbert of the Society of Black Lawyers in his letter to Dyke

"The matter has been raised by the chair, Lord Herman Ouseley, directly with the Football Association, who acknowledges the apology made by Roy Hodgson, and now seeks an investigation to ascertain the full facts and ensure a similar situation does not arise again." - Kick It Out release a statement

Stan Collymore goes on an epic Twitter rant (here is just some of it)...

"Hodgson is guilty. Guilty of confusing his dressing room. Guilty of trying to be too clever. Guilty of being pleased with himself, emotions high, leading 1-0 and 45 minutes from the World Cup. But ‘Roy A Racist’? Really? Come on! How utterly absurd." - Jamie Redknapp just about makes his point clear

"Joy is short-lived in this job. The players are as angry about this as I am. We have just had a successful period and, although I wouldn’t suggest we intend to rest on our laurels, I think we have earned the right to enjoy the fruits of our labours. Instead we get this." - Poor Hodgson reflects on the sorry mess following his side's World Cup qualification


Okay, shall we change the record then?

"It is my dad who decides which national team I will play for so I will listen to him. I want to help United win the Premier League and become the best player in the world." - Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj says his dad can decide his international future

"Dear Faustino Asprilla, We are convinced that the lifestyle you lead and the media controversy it causes is vital so we dared to make the following proposal... we offer you 20 million pesos for a week as a porn actor." - Former Newcastle and Colombia forward Faustino Asprilla has a decision to make after receiving this open letter

"He leaves with my utmost gratitude and respect. I would say our loss will be someone's huge gain." - Cardiff boss Malky Mackay makes his point carefully to owner Vincent Tan over the sacking of Iain Moody

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"In the last few years he was not playing a lot, he had problems on the pitch, he had problems outside the pitch, he had suspensions for different reasons, he had injuries, he had managers who didn't trust him enough." - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho provides John Terry with any number of new potential excuses


Second chances...

"What I did in 2010 was terrible and wrong and I have paid the price for it. I have lost my image and hurt my country and family. But everyone gets a second chance in life... I pray the ICC will give me a second chance." - Banned Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir pleads for another chance

"I appeal to the people, please give him another chance. He told me he knows it wasn't right what he did, and now he gets a chance, so it's up to him. Now I ask the supporters to let him have another chance." - New Sunderland boss Gus Poyet appeals on behalf of 'bad boy' Phil Bardsley

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