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Malky Mackay and Iain Moody investigated by FA for ‘sexist, racist and homophobic’ text messages while at Cardiff City

Aug 20, 2014, 9:11 PM EDT

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Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has been reported to the Football Association for being involved in a series of racist, sexist and homophobic text messages during his time in South Wales.

The report comes from the Daily Mail, which claims that two letters were sent to the FA outlining explicit and offensive texts between Mackay and former head of recruitment, Iain Moody. The letters were allegedly recovered from Moody’s south London home in March of this year after a search warrant was produced relating to wrongdoing in club transfers.

According to the Daily Mail, Mackay and Moody were under investigation for eight controversial transfers – totaling around $75 million – made by the duo while at Cardiff in 2013. As part of that investigation, Cardiff hired Mishcon de Reya to perform an investigation into the transfers, which revealed that $4.5 million was withheld in payments due to agents.

[Related: Tan submits dossier to FA, Palace pulls plug on Mackay]

The investigation also turned up 70,000 text messages and 100,000 emails in connection to alleged wrongdoing related to transfers. Mackay and Moody were told that Cardiff were in possession of these messages, which have since been passed along to the FA as per rules requiring clubs to report any matters that may constitute ‘aggravated misconduct’.

Below are bullet-points of the alleged remarks, which contain sexist, racist and homophobic language:

  • In July 2012, Cardiff signed South Korean international Kim Bo-kyung, but when Moody informed Mackay on July 12 that ‘five of the b******s including the player’ were arriving 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.’
  • In reference to the prominent football agent, Phil Smith, a text states: ‘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 simply as ‘the Jews’.
  • A football official at another club is referred to as ‘a gay snake’ and ‘the homo’ and someone who is ‘not to be trusted’, while a French player is someone ‘who struck me as an independently minded young homo’.
  • An exchange with a young player who has a female agent makes reference to a sex act and states: ‘I hope she’s looking after your needs,’ the player is then told. ‘I bet you’d love a bounce on her falsies.’
  • On August 16, 2012, a list of players proposed by a French agent is forwarded, stating to Mackay that ‘he needs to rename his agency the All Blacks’. A separate text in reference to a list of French players states: ‘Not many white faces amongst that lot but worth considering.’
  • In a separate exchange a picture entitled ‘Black Monopoly’ is sent, with every square a ‘Go To Jail’ square. Of one African player, it is stated: ‘Doesn’t look like a good cv. And he’s Nigerian.’

Tan has long been the brunt of jokes by Premier League pundits and fans alike but with this report from the Daily Mail it now appears the Cardiff owner may not be the villain we all had him pegged for. Mackay and Moody have yet to issue a comment on the report.

  1. jslip1 - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    The plot thickens.

    I can’t believe it but Vincent Tan might have been right about something.

    • litepad - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      You don’t become a billionaire in Asia by playing nice…. Mackay found out the hard way.

      • judgereed - Aug 22, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        Yup this is a case of, Mackay pissed off Tan so bad that he dug and dug and dug until he found a way to bury him! And just so happens its while he is about to get the skipper duties at Selhurst Park. Like litepad said you don’t become a Billionaire in Asia by playing nice.

  2. medinaque - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Reblogged this on Another Arsenal Agent.

  3. dhalb34 - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    I was going to comment on another story slamming Tan for this, but decided to wait until more info came out. Glad I did. I think you can say Moody and Mackay’s professional careers are over.

    • thedeadlockvictim - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      There’s always Russia.

      • dumbassgreg - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:50 AM

        also Italy or spain

  4. mikdavfle - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    If this is true (and considering Tan’s the one putting this out there, I want to see the evidence myself before deciding it’s true), I have to do a complete 180 degree turn on this. These two should be thrown out of football if they really said this stuff.

  5. reformed2012 - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    so when does it become a crime for expressing your own personal beliefs? the same thing can be coming out from any muslim’s mouth. yet no one will go after any muslims because they are too powerful and too violent.

    RIP traditional values. Welcome to our poltical correctness overlords. and i am speaking this as an Asian-American.

    • dws110 - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      If talking about human beings that way is “traditional values”, then someone put a stake through the chest of “traditional values” to make sure they’re good and dead.

      And FYI, it becomes a crime when you allow your bigoted, racist, sexist, homophobic a$$holery to impact another person’s chances of employment, which certainly appears to be the case here.

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