Football pundit Stan Collymore moved to defend Roy Hodgson this morning against allegations he made a racist joke in the dressing room, claiming the England manager was merely telling "a legitimate space tale".
Hodgson is reported to have told a version of this joke to his players at half-time in their match against Poland on Tuesday night:
“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 radios Nasa, 'When do I get to do something?’
“Nasa replies, 'In 15 minutes – feed the monkey’.”
The anti-racism group Kick It Out called for an investigation into Hodgson's comments today, despite England players including Andros Townsend and Wayne Rooney saying the joke was harmless.
Ex-pro footballer Stan Collymore also defended the England boss, tweeting:
Racism is hard enough to keep on the agenda as it is without making everyone think a legitimate space tale should be a cause for offence.Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) October 16, 2013
Collymore's point seems reasonable, but what exactly might an "illegimate space tale" be? Take our quiz and see if you can sort it out...