Mackay faces FA charges after leaked texts - The story

Mackay faces FA charges after leaked texts - The story

Just as it looked as if Crystal Palace had found their new manager in the shape of ex Cardiff boss, Malky Mackay, news has broke over the last twenty-four hours that Mackay and former Cardiff director of football Iain Moody have been accused of exchanging sexist, homophobic and racist views by text, dating back to as far as their time working together with the Blue Birds.

Mackay was expected to be formally announced as Palace’s new boss later this week, but the allegations have put a swift hold to such a move. The FA has now become officially involved and an investigation is currently under-way at Wembley HQ.

The messages have been leaked after a dawn raid on Moody’s London home in March, as part of Cardiff’s investigation into several controversial transfer dealings.

Nearly 70,000 text messages and 100,000 emails were allegedly recovered from private files relating to Cardiff’s staff and transfers and players’ agents over the last two years.

Due to strict FA rules and owing regulations, Cardiff are asked to report any matters which may provoke ‘aggravated misconduct’.


In reference to the well-known agent, Phil Smith, a text says: ‘Go on, fat Phil. Nothing like a Jew that sees money slipping through his fingers’. The Israeli club, Maccabi Tel Aviv, are also referred to as ‘the Jews’.

An official at an unnamed club is referred to as ‘a gay snake’ and ‘the homo’  someone who is ‘not to be trusted’, whereas a French player is someone ‘who struck me as an independently minded young homo’.

In July 2012, Cardiff signed South Korean international Kim Bo-kyung, but when Moody told Mackay in July that ‘five of the b******s including the player’ were ready for talks, the reply from Mackay’s phone was: ‘Fkn chinkys.’ A further message says: ‘Fk it. There’s enough dogs in Cardiff for us all to go around.’


Moody had been relieved of his duties with immediate effect as Cardiff’s head of recruitment, just months before Mackay’s departure. In May he also made an apology to Tan. ‘Wherever mistakes were made during my time at the club, I wish to apologise for any part that I played in them, and for any offence I might have caused, particularly to Vincent Tan and all City fans,’ he said.

The pair will most likely face FA charges but the question on all football people’s lips is; should these two men ever be involved in football ever again?

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