England players urged to use formal channels for racism complaints

Football Association general secretary Alex Horne says the controversy over Roy Hodgson's 'space monkey' joke, which was leaked to the media, highlights the need to go through the correct channels.

Football Association general secretary Alex Horne says the controversy over Roy Hodgson's 'space *****' joke, which was leaked to the media, highlights the need to go through the correct channels.

Horne said: "We have had no complaint and we have spoken to everyone in the squad about this.

"But - and not necessarily reflecting on this - if any player in any situation in football finds themselves a victim of abuse or a victim of discrimination they should feel comfortable enough to use the right channels to make a complaint, and that means either going through Kick It Out or ourselves to make a legitimate complaint."

Horne added: "Roy has apologised, he apologised within the dressing room immediately when he realised there could be unintended consequences of what happened in the dressing room.

"The context of the anecdote is clear, the intent is clear, and that's what the apology is about. He's apologised for any unintended consequence of a deliberate analogy around teamwork in the dressing room at half-time."

 
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