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Malky Mackay apologises for 'unacceptable' messages

Malky Mackay took the further step of apologising for his offensive text messages in a television interview this evening.

He admitted sending three messages, which he described as "completely unacceptable," but insisted he was "no racist" and "no homophobe".

But there is still no word from Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers Association which was forced to apologise for the wording of a statement that appeared to defend the messages as "friendly banter."

ITV News Sports Correspondent Ian Payne reports:

Renewed urgency on preventing radicalisation in the UK

As the hunt continues for the extremist who murdered journalist James Foley, there is a renewed urgency on preventing the radicalisation of young British Muslims.

The on-screen beheading by the apparently British jihadist has cast a new light on the 500 Britons believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight with terrorist groups.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports:


Malky Mackay: 'There is no excuse' for offensive texts

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has said there is "no excuse" for the "completely unacceptable" text messages he is alleged to have sent.

He said he would "humbly" ask people to consider whether their phone could be scrutinised without revealing "a certain amount of embarrassing texts".

He added that while more than three offensive text messages may have been found on his phone, he only sent three of them himself.


Foley's brother: US 'could have done more' to free him

The brother of murdered journalist James Foley has said the US government "could have done more" to free him and other American hostages from Islamic State militants.

Michael Foley told Yahoo! News' Katie Couric, "Other nations have done that and that's been a source of frustration for me."

James Foley's brother Michael.
James Foley's brother and sister, Michael and Katie Foley, spoke to Yahoo! News. Credit: Yahoo! News

“I really, really hope that Jim’s death pushes us to take another look at our approach to terrorist and hostage negotiation,” he said.

Asked about the US government's stance on not paying ransom demands, Michael Foley said, "I understand with such a large nation it's difficult to cover all the bases but, even taking the money aside, there's more that could have been done on Jim's behalf".

Malky Mackay: 'I am no racist ... I am no homophobe'

Malky Mackay has insisted he is "no racist," "no homophobe" and "no anti-Semitic" after offensive text messages he is alleged to have sent were revealed.

The former Cardiff City manager said he was under "immense pressure" at the time the messages were sent, but admitted "it should not have happened".

Government 'looking at options' to combat extremism

Business Secretary Vince Cable says the government is "looking at a variety of options" to deal with Islamist extremism in the UK.

The government is facing calls to strengthen terror laws following the murder of US journalist James Foley apparently by a British jihadist.

Police 'reluctantly agreed' to give BBC notice of raid

Chief constable David Crompton says South Yorkshire Police was approached by a BBC journalist with detailed information about its investigation into Cliff Richard.

It "reluctantly agreed" to give the reporter notice of the day officers planned to search the property to dissuade them from publishing details in advance and protect the "integrity of the investigation". "It was not done in order to maximise publicity, contrary to some press reports," Mr Compton wrote in a letter to Keith Vaz.

Sir Cliff's Berkshire home was searched for five hours by police.
Sir Cliff's Berkshire home was searched for five hours by police. Credit: Press Association

Mr Crompton said an article appeared on the BBC website on the afternoon of the raid that suggested there had been a deliberate attempt to "ensure maximum coverage" by the force.

"The force contacted the BBC but the corporation refused to withdraw or adapt the article," he said in the letter.

"This appeared to be an attempt by the BBC to distance itself from what had taken place and cover up the fact that it had initiated contact with the force about the story. "This was misleading and was known by the BBC to be inaccurate."

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