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Former FA Chief Lord Triesman: Malky Mackay Deserves Season-Long Ban

Malky Mackay missed out on the Crystal Palace job after revelations made about his time at Cardiff City…

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Former FA Chairman Lord Triesman believes that Malky Mackay could receive a year-long ban from football as a result of his misdemeanors during his time with Cardiff City.

Reports emerged earlier this week that Mackay had sent a number of offensive text messages during his time with the Welsh side, including one which referred to owner Vincent Tan as a ‘chink’.

His actions saw him miss out on the vacant Crystal Palace manager’s position, and the Daily Mail states that the FA are investigating a dossier of messages sent by Mackay and his ex-head of recruitment Iain Moody, who has already resigned from his position of sporting director at Palace.

Mackay has apologised for the messages, admitting that they were ‘unacceptable’ and ‘inappropriate’, but Triesman believes that the Scotsman is likely to face further punishment in the wake of the scandal.

“There could very well be a significant period in which he can take no part in football,” Triesman told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme.

“If it turns out to be three texts then maybe a season (ban), if it’s more than that it may be much more. Assuming that the evidence is stacked up – I can’t pre-try it – I think the FA, in the same sense that it can say to players ‘here is a period in which you can take no part in playing’, could do so with other people in football.”

Crystal Palace are still seeking a new manager to replace Tony Pulis, with former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood also ruling himself out of the running for the job.

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