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Malky Mackay texts: Former Cardiff manager accused of sending homophobic, racist and sexist messages

The football manager had been the front-runner for the vacancy at Crystal Palace before the plug was pulled
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Malky Mackay allegedly sent texts of a racist, sexist and homophobic nature during his time as manager of Cardiff City.

The Welsh club, who sacked Mackay in December, have sent a dossier to the Football Association with details of the allegations, football's governing body have confirmed.

An FA spokesman said: "The FA can confirm it is currently investigating this matter."

News of the allegations have come quickly after it emerged the Scot would not be taking over at Crystal Palace. Mackay had been the favourite to replace Tony Pulis at Selhurst Park but he is no longer in the running.

His relationship with Palace's sporting director Iain Moody, who worked as head of recruitment at Cardiff during Mackay's time in Wales, was considered to be in his favour. However, Moody has also allegedly been accused of wrongdoing by Cardiff.

The Daily Mail claim two letters have been sent to the FA by Cardiff City outlining a series of texts. The Daily Mail claims the following messages were sent.

'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

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan


It is understood Crystal Palace owner Steve Parish became aware of the allegations following Mackay's departure from his previous club and in particular his longstanding row with the club's controversial chairman and owner Vincent Tan.


Mackay was furious when he was sacked by Tan in December and immediately demanded compensation for breach of contract, making his feelings clear about the Malaysian billionaire. he later issued a public apology to Tan, praising his work for Cardiff and abandoning his claim for compensation.

What motivated Mackay's change of heart remains unclear but it is suspected the details may have persuaded Palace to rule out the Scot.