Roy Hodgson was today embroiled in further controversy following off-guard comments that have incensed apologists for race and gender equality groups. When asked to comment on England’s 2-0 win over Poland Hodgson responded:
"I don’t think many people would believe we are favourites to win the world cup"
Hours later reports in the tabloid press highlighted a claim - though to be from the crossword correspondent - that selected letters from within Hodgsons statement could be re-arranged to spell:
"I don’t rate black people or fat women"
When pidgeon-holed for a quote based on this partial anagram various white male tabloid readers expressed disgust, prompting such responses as "He’s got to go" and "that’s my wife he’s talking about".
The England manager has rejected all claims of racism or sexism but with the spotlight expected to intensify upon the England camp in the lead-up to next year’s world cup this latest episode will only ramp up the pressure on the FA to prevent further cryptographic slip-ups, at least until the Leveson recommendations are fully implemented.