FA credibility damaged by Mackay decision, say campaigners

Racist and sexist texts between Malky Mackay and Iain Moody were revealed last year Credit: PA Wire

Anti-racism campaigners have accused the Football Association of damaging its own credibility and undermining its stance on discrimination after deciding not to charge former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay.

The FA announced on Thursday that neither the Scot nor the club's then head of recruitment Iain Moody would face disciplinary action over discriminatory text messages they exchanged during their time at the club.

Kick it Out, which seeks to tackle racism and discrimination within football, has hit out at the move.

Kick It Out is of the view that The Football Association has damaged its own credibility and anti-discrimination policies by taking the decision not to charge former Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic manager Malky Mackay and Iain Moody, a former employee of Cardiff and Crystal Palace, for alleged racist, anti-Semitic, sexist and homophobic comments revealed by the Daily Mail in August 2014.

Kick It Out statement

The Football Association says that the messages were sent "with a legitimate expectation of privacy".