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Rio Ferdinand questions LMA 'friendly banter' statement

Former Manchester United and England captain Rio Ferdinand has questioned a managers' union statement which defended offensive text messages allegedly sent by Malky Mackay as "friendly text message banter."

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

But a statement on behalf of Malky Mackay issued by the League Managers' Association has since been criticised by a number of parties including an anti-racism group.

Malky: 'Shocked and stunned' by message allegations

Former Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay has vowed to clear his name following allegations that he and former recruitment chief Iain Moody sent 'racist and homophobic' text messages to each other during their time at Cardiff City.

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This evening, the League Managers Association released a statement apologising on Mackay's behalf saying he 'sent a couple of one line texts that were...very regrettable and disrespectful of other cultures.'

It went on to say that those messages were sent in private during a time when Malky felt 'under great pressure' and was 'letting of steam to a friend during some friendly text message banter.'

Mackay also hit out at the timing of the release of the dossier as it was widely reported he was due to be offered the role of Crystal Palace manager.

Furthermore, the 42-year-old insists he is not responsible for sending any racist or homophobic messages:

It has never been alleged that he wrote any homophobic or sexist messages and he has confirmed that he did not do so. Further, there are incorrect and damaging suggestions that he sent a whole host of offensive and unpleasant messages that are simply not true and which give a grossly distorted and unfair view of Malky's involvement in this matter. Malky looks forward to matters being put straight in due course, following any investigation of this matter."

– League Managers Association

Read the full statement here.

Read more: Mackay and Moody centre of text message storm

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FA confirms investigation into alleged offensive texts

The Football Association has confirmed it is investigating a dossier of alleged racist, sexist and homophobic text messages sent by football manager Malky Mackay.

Mackay is accused of exchanging the texts with Iain Moody when they were both at Cardiff City.

ITV News sports correspondent Ian Payne reports.

Read: Moody resigns from Crystal Palace after 'racist texts' claims

Mackay and Moody at centre of text message storm

Former Cardiff City Manager Malky Mackay and his recruitment chief Iain Moody are at the centre of a storm over allegations in a national newspaper of racist, sexist and homophobic text messages during their time at the club.

Today, Moody resigned from his current job as sporting director of Crystal Palace. Malky Mackay was a front runner to become manager there. But that's now been ruled out.

Meanwhile, the Football Association has confirmed it has received a detailed dossier of information from Cardiff City. Nick Hartley reports.

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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.
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

Former Cardiff recruitment manager Moody resigns

Iain Moody
Moody has resigned following confirmation that the FA has received a dossier regarding his and Malky Mackay's behaviour while at Cardiff City. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Former Cardiff City recruitment manager Iain Moody has resigned from his post at Crystal Palace. The club has confirmed he has left his role as sporting director with immediate effect.

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Cardiff submit dossier to FA over Mackay

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Cardiff City have submitted a dossier to the FA over issues with Malky Mackay's behaviour during his time with the club. Credit: Nick Potts/PA

Cardiff City has sent a dossier to the Football Association detailing a number of issues relating to Malky Mackay and Iain Moody while they were at the club.

It's understood the dossier was filed over a week ago and the FA has now confirmed it has received the document.

Mackay was sacked by Cardiff owner Vincent Tan in December last year, just a few months after the Bluebirds were promoted to the Premier League.

The Scot launched a £7.5million legal claim against Tan for compensation and wrongful dismissal after his sacking, but suddenly dropped the case in May and issued an apology to the Malaysian businessman.

Cardiff City has so far declined to make any public comment on the dossier.

Swans sign Argentine defender Fernandez

Swansea City have signed Napoli and Argentina defender Federico Fernandez for an undisclosed fee.

The 25 year old passed a medical on Monday and signed a four-year deal at the Liberty earlier today.

He's expected to go straight into the squad for Saturday's home game against Burnley, subject to international clearance.

Fernandez helped Napoli to the Coppa Italia last season and has also featured in their Champions League and Europa League campaigns.

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