Mackay's texts row: "I'm no racist or homophobe"

Malky Mackay has insisted he is "no racist"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 but admitted "it should not have happened".

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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.

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