Malky Mackay and Iain Moody escape FA punishment over offensive text messages

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Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay and head of recruitment Iain Moody have escaped punishment from the FA over 'sexist, racist and homophobic' messages that were supposedly sent between June 2011 and March 2014.

The FA are said to have carried out a "thorough" investigation into the text messages sent by the pair and found that "the communication were sent with a legitimate expectation of privacy".

The investigation, which has lasted 11 months, finally looks to have reached a conclusion. Mackay, who has been unemployed since his sacking by Wigan Athletic in April of this year, will be pleased to have the text scandal ordeal finished with and he can now continue his search for a new club.


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Controversy will no doubt follow this decision by the FA, with many believing both Mackay and Moody should have been punished accordingly for the offensive text messages that were sent. Mackay has since apologised for his part in the scandal and has voluntarily undertaken equality and diversity training.

There is no doubt it will be difficult for Mackay to change people's perceptions of him after the part he played in the 'sexist, racist and homophobic' messages.

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Mackay looked set to replace Tony Pulis and become the new manager of Crystal Palace in August of last year. However, due to the misconduct allegations against him from his former club Cardiff City, Palace decided not to go ahead with the appointment.

Before Wigan Athletic appointed Mackay back in November 2014, campaigners warned the club against the appointment.


Wigan MP Lisa Mandy was quoted by BBC back in November as saying that she hoped the club would ensure any new manager had "respect for other people, regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity or religion".

Mandy claimed "a number of constituents" had contacted her with concerns over Mackay and in her letter to then chairman Dave Whelan wrote she "would be grateful" if he took "the strong feelings of the people across Wigan into account".

Mackay may face similar a similar backlash in his attempt to pursue another job, and after being sacked by Wigan due to the club facing relegation, it is not clear where Mackay can go from here. Although he has not been charged, there is clear evidence against him and he may struggle to find another job in English football.

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