Aug 22, 2014, 9:20 AM EST
Cardiff City is no stranger to controversy, but the Championship club is trying to play the role of protagonist this time around.
The League Managers Association described Malky Mackay and Iain Moody’s sexist, racist and homophobic text messages as “banter”, and Cardiff is incensed.
After all, those texts certainly spewed plenty of hateful venom. And the LMA’s reply was to apologize for any offense taken, but also claim Mackay was “letting off steam.”
When you consider that some of the texts fire off racial slurs aimed toward Asian people and that Cardiff owner Vincent Tan is a Malaysian, you can understand why his anger is further elevated that two of his employees (at the time) were conducting themselves in that manner.
Cardiff have called for the resignation of League Managers’ Association chief Richard Bevan after the organisation described offensive text messages sent by Malky Mackay as “friendly banter”.
The LMA apologised after provoking criticism from anti-discrimination campaigners over its statement.
“We find it entirely reprehensible that the LMA should put out a statement which seeks to dismiss deeply offensive racist comments as ‘friendly banter’,” the club said in a statement.
“If that is the view held by the LMA, as appears from its statement, we consider that Richard Bevan’s position is untenable and we call for his resignation.”
It shows the acrimony and distrust stirred up in Tan’s brief stay in the Premier League that any controversial statement from the club is met with skepticism, but the Bluebirds are on the front foot here.
The text messages were vile and seemed to indicate that Moody and Mackay dismissed a number of players simply due to nationality (or at least adjudged them to be inferior). Whether the LMA chairman should be fired is an issue for debate, but some of the phrasing in their Mackay apology was, at best, poorly chosen.
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