The FA have made the wrong call on Malky Mackay

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The FA have perhaps taken the most backward step in modern day race relations.

Former Cardiff City manager Malky MacKay and his then assistant Ian Moody, in 2014, sent each other homophobic, sexist and anti-Semitic messages. Messrs MacKay and Moody apologised and admitted that the messages were vile and wrong.

The evidence is clear, the culprits admitted their guilt and the investigation took 11 months.


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Everything was in place. And what did the FA decide to do? Absolutely nothing.

People have accused the FA of failing to engage with ethnic groups and encourage them to participate, enjoy and compete in the game at all levels.

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Yet the FA have acknowledged this, taken considerable steps and made huge efforts to ensure awareness of the game is raised in local communities and participation levels have risen considerable since 1995.

There are now more managers, coaches, players, physios, owners, directors; people at every level of the game than ever before.

This is down to the excellent work of many organisations including the FA and Kick It Out. It has taken years of hard work to achieve solidarity and eradication of prejudices shows that Britain has truly evolved.

The level of acceptance and understanding coupled with the determination to continue fighting the prejudices is universally envied and admired. Enormous effort has gone into ensuring the beautiful game expand and become ever inclusive.

Yet the FA ruling has puzzled some, stunned many and horrified most. The decision not to charge either MacKay or Moody for any wrong doing is nothing short of a regressive leap back to the dark ages.

Despite overwhelming documented evidence and an admission of guilt, the FA decided that the pairs 'expectation of privacy' must be upheld. This grotesque ruling suggests one thing; be as vile as you like, as racist as you like, as homophobic as you like, just make sure no one else finds out.

This ruling also reveals a lot about the FA itself and raises even more questions.

Is it ok for a person involved in football to send vile messages privately to their friend, yet when they are in public they must condemn those same comments so that the FA is seen as a beacon of outstanding equality?

Does the FA condone racist conversations between two individuals yet condemns them publicly? And perhaps the ultimate question, by not punishing the individuals, is the FA in fact giving license to English football to inwardly create hate?

The FA have undone years of great work with one decision that has stunned the world of football. Many will see this is as a sign to continue with unjustified hate and prejudices, other will see this as having the reset button pressed. 

One must ask if they are ready to deal with the inevitable fallout.

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