FA complains after The Sun mocks Hodgson's speech

Associated Press Modified: May 2, 2012 at 11:47 am •  Published: May 2, 2012

LONDON (AP) — England's Football Association complained to The Sun newspaper on Wednesday after the British tabloid mocked Roy Hodgson's manner of speaking on its front page.

The paper mocked the new England coach's pronunciation by replacing all the letter "R''s in its headline with "W''s.

Referring to England's European Championship campaign, which kicks off June 11 against France in Donetsk, Ukraine, the tabloid called Hodgson "Woy" above a headline that read "Bwing On The Euwos: We'll See You In Ukwaine against Fwance."

"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," FA Chairman David Bernstein said.

The FA added that it would not raise the issue with the Press Complaints Commission — the body that regulates British newspapers — but said it had spoken with the paper, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News International.

"We have raised it with the newspaper and made it clear that their front page is unacceptable to us," the FA said in a statement.