Malky Mackay Reported to FA by Cardiff: Latest Details, Comment and More

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2014

Updates from Friday, Aug. 22

Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail had more on Mackay:

Sportsmail can reveal a further tranche of offensive texts and emails between former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay and club official Iain Moody.

In the most disturbing message, Mackay calls Cardiff’s Malaysian owner Vincent Tan a ‘chink’.

On another extraordinary day of drama in the wake of Sportsmail’s exclusive revelations, Mackay appeared on TV to deliver a personal apology for his previous abusive texts. As the affair reverberated across football, Cardiff City called for League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan to resign after his organisation dismissed Mackay’s behaviour as ‘friendly text message banter’.

Malky Mackay talked about the incident on Sky Sports, according to CNN's James Masters:

BBC Sport added more:

Cardiff City Football Club have called for the resignation of League Managers Association (LMA) chief Richard Bevan, following the recent text scandal that has surrounded Malky Mackay and Iain Moody.

BBC Sport's Dan Roan tweeted a statement provided by Cardiff on Friday:

The LMA issued an apology on Friday following the release of what was deemed to be an inappropriate statement regarding the scandal surrounding Mackay.

A statement was delivered on Mackay's behalf on Thursday, acknowledging that inappropriate texts were sent by the Scot during his time at Cardiff. However, the LMA's wording—which attempted to pass the texts off as "banter"—was widely criticised.

A further statement has since been issued, stating:

The LMA apologises for some of its wording, in its release yesterday, which was inappropriate and has been perceived to trivialise matters of a racist, sexist or homophobic nature.  That was certainly not our intention. 

It is beyond argument that any comments that are discriminatory, even used in private, are totally unacceptable.  The LMA remains absolutely aware of our responsibility to the game and to promote and uphold the highest standards of behaviour.

The LMA will not be commenting further on the allegations relating to Malky Mackay whilst The FA conducts its investigation, other than to repeat that both the LMA and Malky will be cooperating fully.

We will continue to work with all of the game's stakeholders to address the important issues of respect and discriminatory behaviour in all its forms.

Harry Redknapp spoke out in defence of Mackay on Friday, insisting the former Cardiff manager is a good person who simply made a "big mistake."

Redknapp commented on the FA's investigation into Mackay, who confirmed in an LMA statement on Thursday that he did send texts that were "very regrettable and disrespectful of other cultures" during his time at Cardiff.

ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney provides Redknapp's quotes:


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Malky Mackay is no longer being considered for the vacant Crystal Palace manager's position after Cardiff City, his former club, reportedly claimed the Scot was responsible for multiple instances of misconduct while working in Wales.

Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail reports the allegations from Cardiff, which claim Mackay sent texts of a "racist, homophobic and sexist" nature during his two-year spell with the club.

An FA spokesman offered a brief statement on Thursday, per Sky Sports, saying: "The FA can confirm it is currently investigating this matter."

Lawton describes an investigation that has lasted two months and saw the home of Iain Moody—Mackay's head of recruitment during the majority of his aforementioned tenure—come under raid "as part of Cardiff’s £750,000 investigation into eight controversial transfers."

It is said "around 70,000 text messages and 100,000 emails were allegedly recovered." Cardiff are required to report any of those which may "constitute aggravated misconduct" to the FA, which they appear to have done prior to Mackay being offered the Palace role.

The League Managers Association released a statement on Mackay:

The LMA wish to clarify the position in relation to recent reports and speculation regarding matters alleged to have arisen during Malky Mackay’s time at Cardiff City FC.

In the course of a search by the Club in early 2014 of 10,000 private text messages sent to and from another member of staff during Mr Mackay’s employment at Cardiff, in relation to other matters, it emerged that Malky had, it seems, sent a couple of one line texts that were, with the benefit of hindsight, very regrettable and disrespectful of other cultures. These were two text messages sent in private at a time Malky felt under great pressure and when he was letting off steam to a friend during some friendly text message banter. That said, Malky believes he could and should have conducted himself better on these two isolated occasions. The precise details need to remain private for the time being until any FA process is complete.

The LMA does not condone in any way any potential breach of equal opportunities laws but would also point out that out of over 10,000 text messages and 70,000 documents produced over a long period of time it may not be a complete surprise that some inappropriate comments can sometimes be made by employees, like Malky, working under great pressure in highly charged situations. If Malky has caused any offence by these two isolated matters he would, however, wish to sincerely apologise.

Malky finds it strange that these matters were only raised with the FA and in the media now, 8 months after his employment ended and the day before he was reported as being offered the opportunity to become manager of Crystal Palace FC.

Malky is also very concerned about seriously inaccurate and misleading reports of his alleged involvement in these matters in the media. It has never been alleged that he wrote any homophobic or sexist messages and he has confirmed that he did not do so. Further, there are incorrect and damaging suggestions that he sent a whole host of offensive and unpleasant messages that are simply not true and which give a grossly distorted and unfair view of Malky’s involvement in this matter. Malky looks forward to matters being put straight in due course, following any investigation of this matter.

Malky cannot of course comment on the nature of any conduct or communications alleged to have been made by others.

Malky has said that he will be fully co-operating with any FA investigation and that he looks forward to putting the record straight thereafter.


As noted by David Ornstein of BBC Sport, Mackay was widely expected to be announced as the new Selhurst Park manager in time for Palace's Premier League clash with West Ham on Saturday. Moody, his former colleague, had acted as sporting director at the London club after being sacked by Cardiff in October but announced his resignation on Thursday:

Mackay was relieved of his duties by Cardiff in December, a decision that was largely scorned at the time. The outgoing boss filed legal proceedings against the club before opting to drop charges after a settlement was reached. Both Mackay and Moody apologised to Cardiff owner Vincent Tan alongside this decision.

Furthermore, Cardiff have confirmed their intention to press ahead with legal charges against Palace and Moody after last season's infamous "spygate" incident, per BBC Sport. Palace beat Cardiff 3-0 during their clash in April, but the aftermath of the match focused on the Bluebirds' claim their starting lineup had been leaked to their opponents.

Palace were recently fined by the Premier League after being adjudged to have breached Rule B.16 of its ethics code, which says, "every club shall behave towards each other club and the League with the utmost good faith," per BBC Sport.

Moody previously claimed allegations of snooping were "incredibly, extraordinarily untrue," while former Palace boss Tony Pulis indicated, as per The Daily Star, he would wait until the investigation before offering comment. Pulis exited his role as Palace boss before the domestic division's opening day in a surprising turn of events last week.

Although this was widely thought to be the result of Pulis not seeing eye-to-eye with the club's unambitious transfer approach, Palace chairman Steve Parish recently denied claims the former Stoke boss quit over missed targets, reported by The Guardian.

Mackay's appointment was widely regarded as a formality, per Sky Sports, but Cardiff's allegations now ensure he is no longer in the running. Tim Sherwood and caretaker-manager Keith Millen are said to be among the current favourites, per BBC Sport.

The same media outlet notes Mackay, Moody, Cardiff and the FA have declined to comment on the situation, which overshadows this weekend's run of Premier League and Championship fixtures.


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