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Jonathan Ross defends The Sun's front cover mocking Roy Hodgson


By The Drum Team | Editorial

May 3, 2012 | 3 min read

TV presenter Jonathan Ross has defended The Sun for its front page story yesterday, which made fun of new England manager Roy Hodgson’s speech impediment.

According to The Sun, Ross, who has a similar problem pronouncing his Rs, is said to have made light of the front page headline “Bwing On The Euwos”, which provoked outrage from the Football Association.

Ross is quoted as having said; “I can see it’s a joke, everyone can see it’s a joke. Life’s too short.

He added: “The world is bankrupt and we’re worrying about The Sun doing what they do... who really cares? Is anyone really upset? No.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it, and I’m sure Roy is big enough to take care of himself.

“It hasn’t ever bothered me. I’m used to it. And I’m sure it doesn’t bother Roy.

“Also, he is an incredibly well-read, intelligent man. He will take it as a joke. Everyone knows The Sun has a cheeky sense of humour.”

FA Chairman David Bernstein said yesterday, in reaction to the headline; ''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.”

Although the FA is not expected to complain to the Press Complaints Commission, it is understood that have received a number of complaints in protest.

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