Iain Moody resigns from Crystal Palace

Iain Moody has resigned from his role as sporting director of Crystal Palace with immediate effect, the club have announced.

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Kick it Out 'aware but not shocked' by Mackay claims

The chairman of football's anti-racism body says he is "aware but not shocked" by allegations that Malky Mackay and Iain Moody sent offensive text messages during their time at Cardiff.

Mackay was widely expected to be unveiled as Crystal Palace manager in the near future. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Lord Herman Ouseley said the FA should not hold back with any sanctions should the claims prove to be true.

These revelations are further confirmation of how football is tainted with racism, sexism, homophobia and anti-Semitism, and the culture which continues to exist throughout the game and in wider society as a whole. The reality is that these views are most dangerously held by those people in positions of power, and the football establishment knows and condones it.

– Lord Ouseley, Kick It Out chairman
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Fans condemn alleged offensive texts from Mackay

The chairman of the Cardiff City Supporters' Trust has condemned alleged racist, homophobic and sexist comments made by former manager Malky Mackay.

Mackay is alleged to have exchanged a number of offensive text messages with Iain Moody during their time at the club. Moody has now resigned from his post as sporting director of Crystal Palace in the wake of the accusations.

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay is accused of sending racist, homophobic and sexist comments to Iain Moody Credit: PA

In a statement today, Supporters' Trust chairman Tim Hartley said:

The Trust condemns without reservation any racist, homophobic and sexist comments whenever and wherever they are made.

We have spoken out against issues like homophobic chanting at football matches and in 2013 issued a statement on the subject. We are also organising a Trust five-a-side football tournament in October involving ethnic minority and faith groups to celebrate friendship through football.

We are not privilege to the details of the dossier concerning alleged comments made by our former manager Malky Mackay. The Football Association has been sent documents by the club and we await the outcome of any investigation.

It would be wrong of us to speculate further at this stage without any detailed information being made available.

– Tim Hartley, Cardiff City Supporters' Trust


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Malky Mackay and Iain Moody accused of 'racist texts'

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay and the club's ex-head of recruitment Iain Moody have been accused of sending "sexist, racist and homophobic" text messages during their time at the club.

Iain Moody and Malky Mackay were expected to be reunited at Crystal Palace. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

ITV News understands that the FA has been in communication with Cardiff over the claims which surfaced in the Daily Mail.

According to the newspaper, the messages came to light after a raid on Moody's home during the club's investigations into eight transfers.

Among the allegations are claims Mackay used an offensive term about new South Korean signing Kim Bo-kyung, while another message is alleged to have made reference to a sex act with a player's female agent.

The Mail claims there were also a number of homophobic remarks among other messages reported to the FA.

The pair were expected to be reunited at Crystal Palace in the near future, where Moody is now director of football and Mackay was said to be lined up as replacement for former manager Tony Pulis.

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