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UEFA Euro 2016: Wales squad to face Andorra named

The Wales squad has been announced for the forthcoming UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra.

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Wayne Hennessey - Crystal Palace; Kyle Letheren - Dundee; Owain Fon Williams - Tranmere Rovers #ANDvWAL

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James Chester - Hull City; James Collins - West Ham United; Ben Davies - Tottenham Hotspur; Chris Gunter - Reading #ANDvWAL

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Adam Matthews - Celtic; Samuel Ricketts - Wolverhampton Wanderers; Neil Taylor - Swansea City; Ashley Williams - Swansea City #ANDvWAL

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Joe Allen - Liverpool; Emyr Huws - Manchester City (Loan Wigan Athletic); Andy King - Leicester City; Joe Ledley - Crystal Palace #ANDvWAL

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Aaron Ramsey - Arsenal; David Vaughan - Nottingham Forest; Gareth Bale - Real Madrid; Simon Church - Charlton Athletic #ANDvWAL

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Tom Lawrence - Manchester United; Hal Robson-Kanu - Reading; George Williams - Fulham; Jonathan Williams - Crystal Palace #ANDvWAL

Coleman to announce Euro 2016 qualifier squad

Wales manager Chris Coleman believes the 'holy grail' of qualifying for a major tournament is within reach if he can play his best team in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

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The campaign starts in Andorra on 9th September, but it is the games against group favourites Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as Israel and Cyprus which will determine whether Wales make it to France in 2016

Wales haven't qualified for a major final since the World Cup of 1958.

But, there is real hope this time that Coleman can turn that around by guiding a talented group of players to an expanded 24-team championship.

We're going into it with enthusiasm. Expectations are always high and it's all to play for. The holy grail for us is to qualify and we've got a chance to do that over 10 games with a little bit of luck. That's the objective.

– Chris Coleman, Wales manager

Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale heads the list but Coleman can also call on the likes of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, Liverpool's Joe Allen and Swansea skipper Ashley Williams.

The squad will be announced later today.

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Watch: Malky insists he's 'no racist' and 'no homophobe'

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has said he's 'no racist, no sexist and no homophobe', as he apologised for sending text messages he's called 'unacceptable.'

It's been alleged that he exchanged controversial text messages with his former recruitment chief Iain Moody, while they were both at the Bluebirds.

In a television interview, Mackay has now admitted sending three 'inappropriate' messages and says he did make a mistake.

Nick Hartley has the story.

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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".

Cardiff to LMA boss: "You should resign"

Cardiff City Football Club have called for the chief executive of the League Managers Association to resign.

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Cardiff say LMA chief executive Richard Bevan's position is "untenable" following public statements from the LMA on behalf of their former manager Malky Mackay.

Cardiff says it was "reprehensible that the LMA should itself put out a statement which seeks to dismiss deeply offensive racist comments as 'friendly banter'."

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 Football Club

Click here for the full statement by Cardiff City FC.

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Harry Redknapp: "Malky hasn't murdered anyone"

QPR manager Harry Redknapp offered a defence of under-fire former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay, saying: "He hasn't murdered anyone, he hasn't raped anyone and he is not a paedophile."

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Mackay and his former head of recruitment Iain Moody are alleged to have shared racist, sexist and homophobic texts when they worked together at the Welsh club and has since apologised.

News that the Football Association was investigating the exchange prompted Crystal Palace to drop their interest in appointing Mackay as their new manager, but Redkapp does not believe these allegations "should finish his life".

Suddenly everyone is an angel, he made a big mistake the lad but it shouldn't finish his life. He is a good manager and I feel bad for what he has done but I bet no one is feeling as bad as him or his family today. I'm not condoning what he has done but show me someone who has ever made a mistake and I will show you a liar.

– Harry Redknapp

Redknapp wants to see Mackay given a reprieve at some point in the future.

It's not 'banter' - it's offensive, says Cardiff City

The League Managers Association has apologised for the statement it released yesterday regarding Malky Mackay, saying some of the wording "was inappropriate and has been perceived to trivialise matters of a racist, sexist or homophobic nature".

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A highly placed source at Cardiff City told ITV News that they are "extremely disappointed with the League Managers' Association statement, belittling highly offensive comments as banter."

Earlier today England star Rio Ferdinand tweeted to ask "Who wrote the #LMA statement???"

The LMA released a statement on behalf of former Cardiff manager Mackay on Thursday night after the 42-year-old Scot and Iain Moody were alleged to have shared racist, sexist and homophobic texts when they worked together at the Welsh club.

The initial statement said Mackay had been under pressure at the time of the messages and that he was "letting off steam to a friend during some friendly text message banter".

That statement has been widely criticised by anti-discrimination campaigners within the game, and the LMA today felt compelled to apologise for how the first release had been worded.

It is beyond argument that any comments that are discriminatory, even used in private, are totally unacceptable. The LMA remains absolutely aware of our responsibility to the game and to promote and uphold the highest standards of behaviour.

– League Managers Association
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LMA's Mackay statement 'accepts racism as banter'

Stan Collymore has worked in broadcasting since his playing career ended.
Stan Collymore has worked in broadcasting since his playing career ended. Credit: PA

Former England striker Stan Collymore has described the League Managers' Association's statement which says Malky Mackay's offensive text messages were part of some "friendly banter" as being "f****** disgraceful".

The LMA released a statement on behalf of former Cardiff manager Mackay on Thursday night after the 42-year-old Scot and Iain Moody were alleged to have shared racist, sexist and homophobic texts when they worked together at the Welsh club.

Collymore tweeted: "LMA statement. F*****g disgraceful. Institutional acceptance of the "banter" of casual racism.

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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.

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