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18/10/2013 07:46 BST | Updated 18/10/2013 07:50 BST

Roy Hodgson's Joke: Now Astronauts Complain

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The controversy over Roy Hodgson's 'monkey' joke has taken a new twist today after astronauts waded into the row.

The joke in question is believed to have been this one:

"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’."

Several astronauts have now complained to the FA about Hodgson's remarks, which they say "are offensive to astronauts everywhere... including space".

"We're fed up of this stereotype that animals sent into space are cuter and smarter than us," one told HuffPost UK Comedy.

"It's bad enough that the term 'space cadet' is a pejorative. And that Chris De Burgh wrote that song about us."

The monkey population is yet to comment on the issue. It is believed that they are still at typewriters trying to come up with a statement.

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