Malky Mackay was all set to join Crystal Palace as manager until a few days ago when a dossier was produced that showed racist and defamatory remarks about fellow professionals.
Mackay is reported to have text and emailed his disgusting abuse to fellow staff members, including Ian Moody – who until yesterday worked with him at Cardiff and then worked at Crystal Palace. Moody resigned from his position at Palace yesterday.
Here’s what was said:
“Fkn chinkys. Fk it. There’s enough dogs in Cardiff for us all to go around.”
On the arrival of South Korean international Kim Bo-Kyung.
“Go on, fat Phil. Nothing like a Jew that sees money slipping through his fingers”
On football agent Phil Smith.
“He’s a snake, a gay snake. Not to be trusted”
On an official of another club.
“Not many white faces amongst that lot but worth considering.”
On a list of potential signings.
“I hope she’s looking after your needs. I bet you’d love a bounce on her falsies.”
On a player’s female agent.
A picture entitled “Black Monopoly” (where every square was a “Go to Jail” square)
Sent to members of Cardiff’s staff.
After these disgusting messages, the League Manager’s Association (LMA) responded by defending Mackay and saying that the messages were “friendly banter” between colleagues.
This is quite extraordinary given their usually strong approach to racism, homophobia and sexism. They have come out today with a response, saying their release yesterday was “badly worded”.
Here is the League Managers Association press release in regards to Malky Mackay text messages. pic.twitter.com/Gk1k2MuqZb
— Joel Orme Sports (@JoelOrmeSports) August 22, 2014
But all this talk from the LMA has deferred attention from the real matter at hand. A Premier League manager racially abused one South Korean individual and the black population.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp also rushed to the defence of the former manager. Redknapp said this in his press conference earlier today:
“I am not condoning what he has done but he is not a bad person. He has not murdered someone, is not a rapist or a paedophile, he has made a mistake but that should not finish his football career. People get second chances in life who have committed bad crimes. Yes, he has made a mistake but we are not going to hang him for it. His life has to go on and hopefully he will learn from what he has done.”
No, Mackay isn’t a “rapist or a paedophile”, but I cannot be the only one wanting these types of comments out of soccer forever. If this is to be the case, an example has to be made. Once a mistake, but several racist texts and emails to multiple recipients are premeditated.
Get him out of our sport forever.