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Malky Mackay Apologies For Text Messages And Distances Himself From The Word “Banter”

Former Cardiff boss speaks after controversy.

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Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has apologised for his part in the text message scandal that has engulfed football in his first interview since the story broke, whilst insisting that he is not racist, sexist, homophobic and anti-semitic and distancing himself from the use of the word “banter” in a statement issued by the LMA, report the Mail.

Text messages exchanged between Mackay and former Bluebirds head of recruitment Iain Moody included racist, homophobic and sexist slurs, but Mackay insisted that only three of 70,000 text messages that he was involved in were inappropriate.

Moody, for his part, maintains a silence on the issue after resigning from his position at Crystal Palace, the club where Mackay seemed set to take over the managerial position before the controversy broke.

Mackay defend himself in the interview that was given to Sky Sports:

“Out of 10,000 text messages in and out of someone’s phone, I sent three, and that being the case, looking at them they’re completely unacceptable. Inappropriate. And for that and any offensiveness caused, I sincerely apologise for that.”

The former Watford manager also dismissed demands by Cardiff City that LMA chief Richard Bevan should resign, following suggestions that the statement released had trivialised the issue by describing it as “banter” – a word that Mackay explicitly chose to distance himself from during the interview, insisting that it had never been uttered by him about the issue.

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