Roy Hodgson says shisha ‘nonsense’ after Arsenal midfielder controversy

Roy Hodgson looks on ahead of the international friendly football match between Scotland and England, at Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday Nov. 18, 2014. (File Photo: AP)

Roy Hodgson has admitted to smoking shisha but described it as “nonsense,” following the fuss surrounding Jack Wilshere’s latest smoking controversy, UK media reported.

Arsène Wenger, who looks down on the habit, had a stern word in Wilshere’s ear last week when he was pictured holding a shisha pipe at a nightclub, reported the Guardian newspaper.

Hodgson, who manages the England football team, was asked about the episode and said: “I thought tobacco was smoking and shisha pipes were [just] water with flavor?”

However, when he was informed that nicotine could be used in some shisha pipes, Hodgson replied: “Does it? Are you sure about that? I am not 100 percent sure.”

Although he tried shisha, the England manager is not a fan.

“As an ex-cigar smoker, when I tried it [shisha] I thought it was a complete nonsense, I couldn’t understand who would do it,” he said.


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