Ross backs Sun over Hodgson headlines

A newspaper that came under fire for publishing a front page headline playing on new England manager Roy Hodgson’s manner of speech has accused its critics of “a sense of humour failure”.

The Sun said critics and the Football Association (FA) had over reacted to Wednesday’s cover story, headlined: “Bwing on the Euwos! (we’ll see you in Ukwaine against Fwance).”

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In a show of defiance editorial chiefs decided to lead yesterday’s edition with a story emphasising that the controversial headline – which picked up on Hodgson’s difficulties in pronouncing the letter R – was intended as a joke.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned red top tabloid enlisted the help of chat show host Jonathan Ross, who has a similar pronunciation problem to Hodgson, to argue that yesterday’s front page “should be taken in the fun spirit intended”.

Wednesday’s story sparked more than a 100 complaints to the Press Complaints Commission.