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Malky Mackay insists he is 'no racist' after offensive texts

Malky Mackay has used a television interview to apologise for three offensive text messages he sent, but insisted he was "no racist" and "no homophobe".

The former Cardiff City manager and Iain Moody had been accused of sending "sexist, racist and homophobic" text messages during their time at the club.

Meanwhile, the chief executive of the League Managers Association, Richard Bevan, is facing calls to resign after his organisation apologised for the wording of a statement that appeared to defend the messages as "friendly banter".

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Mackay's former club calls for LMA boss resignation

Cardiff have called for League Managers' Association (LMA) chief executive Richard Bevan to resign following his organisation's defence of Malky Mackay's use of racist texts as "friendly banter".

The Welsh club accused the LMA being "complicit in the attempt to conceal these messages" and claimed it had "strongly encouraged and advised Mr Moody and Mr Mackay to deal with the issue directly with the FA".

League Managers Association boss Richard Bevan pictured in 2012. Credit: PA

We also point out that the LMA members have a ‘Code of Conduct’ incorporated into their managerial contracts. One of the requirements is 'A Manager shall not use racist or other discriminatory language. A Manager’s behaviour should demonstrate to Players and other employees under his control that discrimination in any form is unacceptable.'

We therefore find it entirely reprehensible that the LMA should itself put out a statement which seeks to dismiss deeply offensive racist comments as 'friendly banter'.

If that is the view held by the LMA, as appears from its statement, we consider that Richard Bevan’s position is untenable and we call for his resignation.

– Cardiff City FC statement

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