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FA Slams Sun Newspaper Over Hodgson Jibes
The Football Association has criticised The Sun newspaper over its headline about new England manager Roy Hodgson which appeared to play on how he talks.
Its front page carried the words: "Woy gets England job. Bwing on the Euwos! (We'll see you in Ukwaine against Fwance)" in relation to next month's European Championships.
The headline - which picked up on Hodgson's apparent difficulties in pronouncing the letter R - has sparked more than 100 complaints to the press watchdog.
The FA said it had also received a "large number of objections" to The Sun's coverage.
Hodgson, 64, is "affectionately known as Woy due to this speech impediment", according to the newspaper.
The Sun's story came a day after Hodgson was unveiled as the national side's new boss, taking over from Fabio Capello.
FA chairman David Bernstein said: "We are delighted at the media response to Roy's appointment but are disappointed with the headline in The Sun, which we consider is in poor taste and disrespectful."
A spokesman for the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) said: "I can confirm we have had over 100 complaints."
The FA said it would not be making an official complaint to the PCC.
But it added it had raised the issue with the newspaper and "made it clear" the organisation found the front page unacceptable.
The Sun's publisher News International has yet to make any comment on the headline.
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what do you think?
I would have thought News International would have instructed their papers to keep their collective heads down and not publish anything even vaguely controversial.
Nah, this IS 'keeping their heads down' to them. They refuse to come into the 21st century.
I think the Sun's attitude with the mocking of Roy sends out a distinct message, business as usual. They only closed down the NOTW because it was past it;s sell by date and was an excuse to bring in the Sunday Sun
What do you expect from Murdoch's comics, news? The Sun is only useful for identifying the person looking at it as an idiot. They should put a litter tax on Murdoch's papers as his "readers" don't seem to understand what a litter bin is for.
Bit of a generalisation that isn't it? Not everybody buys highbrow papers for quite a few reasons, cost being one,does not mean they are stupid, I read the Sun for its football pullouts mostly, I do agree that the headline was rather stupid but I do think it wasn't meant to be nasty.
Page 3's pretty good - so my mates tell me!!!
Oh, do me a favour, Lorna. Some blokes used to read 'Cosmopolitan' because it had 'some good articles' in it, but really all they wanted was a posh w***.
This newspaper is aimed at the public sector who actually go to football matches..you know _the fans..They are seated on the terraces week in week out never mind the weather,they must be mad or have a sense of humour..when was the last time any of you went to a footie match..IT WAS A JOKE
What do people expect from a paper such as this? They didn't get the man they wanted (with his dogs bank accounts and his inabilty to email, text, write letters etc) so they throw their toys. Saying all that, people are too quick to take offence. The Woy thing has been around for years, as has Wossy but no-one complained there did they? Grow up and get out more complainers.
Guess you poke fun at people with impediments too don't you?
Yes Joan just as you have with myself and the inability to read quote!!! Pot and kettle spring to mind
the sun is an excellent newspaper for lining cat litter trays i get mine from recycling boxes
I wouldn't insult my cats. Though I once saw a plumber emptying human excrement onto it from a blocked drain once. I looked at the articles and I looked at the excrement and, I swear, I couldn't tell the difference.
chris you must be thick then,seriously you have sworn you couldn't tell the difference...err surely thats blasphemy....add that to your dim witted point s of view
the front page of The Sun is an insult not only to Roy Hodgson but also to anyone who has a speech impediment. If you did this in industry it would be classed as victimisation and bullying. The least the paper, if you could call it that, could do is a public apology to Roy and then, possibly, burn itself down. Watch for the small apology hidden somewhere about page 14
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ve to step back and admire such a fine mind as yours. Bet you're a scream at office parties. Peculiar name though. Is it Baker101? Or Baker 101? Do you get called Mr 101? What's the 101 actually mean? The amount of braincells you have? Did you receive help in putting your little quip together? Think I'd use a pseudonym because I'd be embarrassed by that comment. Pseudonym means - durr - 'made-up name'. Anyway, good luck with any further comments you might come up with.
It's obviously my age. Come on, we all take the mickey out of Jonathan Ross by calling him "Wossy" just because he's a comedian and he winds people up it's perfectly fine?! I'm not saying it's right, obviously it's something people struggle. But it is something which is joked about up and down the country. There's a very popular sitcom called "Only Fools and Horses" and one of the funniest moments, loved by all who have a sense of humour, is the infamous Crwying scene. The Sun should know better not to provoke such reactions with recent events, but they weren't the only paper doing it. Others were calling him Woy.
Why do people buy this rubbish piece of trashy newspaper,its utter rubbish and should be made as toilet paper before they even print onto it,only people like it are people who like pictures in their reporting
Missing....one sense of Humour...last seen somewhere in the 80's....for God's sake there are millions of worse things in this world..Has Roy actually spoken up himself and stated he was insulted?
God what planet are you on.
I am offended on Roy's behalf. It offends me to see anyone mocked who has an impediment. If he says he's not offended it's probably a defensive barrier he's had to construct since his own schooldays. Have some insight. don't tell me, you're a SUN reader.
Exactly. Roy probably couldn't care less. I get baldy and it really doesn't bother me. For the record i think Roy is the man for the job. As i said earlier, get out more hand-wringers.
Actually I don't read the SUN..I just look at the pretty pictures..see what I did there..it's called Humour..and if you feel the need to get offended on behalf of someone else..might I suggest you look at priorities.
'I just look at the pretty pictures'. And we believe you.
Probably Dorrien can't read thats why he looks at the pretty pictures.
And please explain to me how it is any different for you to comment on my Intelligence by quoting I cannot read, the Sun's headline comment on Roy Hodgson? This country really needs a humour transplant.
The culture committee concluded that Murdoch is not fit to run an international news corporation and Murdoch went and proved it.
On that basis, the Daily Mirror would also be shut down
I agree the sun is a trash paper and its a free country and all that,but this is poor judgement from its editors on this story, this guy has been chosen by the FA and deserves a chance for gods sake. Papers always want to claim they speak on behalf of their readers, if that is the case then what tpye of people read this rubbish.
Brain dead morons?
As a kid I was brought up with several rules to obey in life one was, not to mock the afflicted.
I agree George. Look what happened to Graham Taylor, Glen Hoddle and Roy McClaren. They were afflicted with the England Managers job too.
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A trash paper read by idiots and the unintelligent
Well said Mick. Its little more than a comic!
Also people with a sense of humour unlike most people commenting on this
I find it quite amusing how many people hate the Sun newspaper..and I quote 'trash paper read by idiots'..and you know this how?..by reading said newspaper? This sounds very similar to the Jonathon Ross and Russell Brand situation, where maybe 4000 people (approx) actually heard the comments, and then the 55000 (approx) people who then decided to complain..As of yet I have heard nothing from Mr Hodgson concerning this, and if the FA has just stayed quiet then all these fine people on here would have to complain about something else irrelevent.
well said Dorrien you have it exactly right,
I thank you kind sir....I remember the days when 'Freddie Starr ate my Hamster' brought chuckles and laughter from the general public..I dare to imagine how many people would complain about that headline now
d and d Phillips
Puritanical tosh. Hail the abolition of humour and irreverent fun! Welcome to miserable Britain, land of the politically correct and the easily offended.
Its been like that for years mate you dont have to welcome it lol
If some people think that headline constitutes 'humour and fun' then maybe they are in need of some sort of transplant, possibly a brain!
so the sun cant have a go at Roy but you can insult every reader...your majesty we all bow down at your feet.......NOT
the FA are actually enjoying this lol,what do you all presume FA means....sorry but no trophy for the next four years.If they actually appointed a manager who is allowed to select his own players we might actually get somewhere.With all the talent at his fingertips we should have a world cup winning team but the only players picked are the "favorites"....its like being back at school..the FA need to back off