Mackay says sorry for ‘discriminatory’ texts

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Malky Mackay has apologised for the discriminatory text messages he sent during his time as manager of Cardiff.

Mackay has come in for a wave of criticism after sharing what were reported to be racist, sexist and homophobic texts with former Cardiff head of recruitment Iain Moody, with the Football Association investigating a dossier submitted by the Bluebirds.

And the 42-year-old Scot said: “Out of 10,000 text messages in and out of someone’s phone I sent three and that being the case, looking at them they are completely unacceptable, inappropriate and for that and for any offence I’ve caused I sincerely apologise for that. That’s something I did and there is no excuse for that.”

Mackay looked set to become the new Crystal Palace manager earlier this week, but the Premier League side have now turned their attentions elsewhere.

Mackay added: “I’ve been in a multi-cultural football environment for 20 years.

“I love British football and I am no racist, I am no sexist, I am no homophobe and I am no anti-Semitic, and the people that know me know that and I do understand that it’s the people that don’t know me that I’ve got to convince of that.

“I have spoken to my union, about asking them about equality and diversity training and it’s something I’ll be going forward with.”