Shocking. Absolutely shocking from the FA!
News has broken on Thursday lunchtime that the Football Association have decided not to punish former Cardiff staff members Malky Mackay and Iain Moody over alleged racist, homophobic and sexist texts.
The messages were racist, sexist, anti-gay and antisemitic, and they lead to Moody’s resignation as the sporting director at Crystal Palace.
The League Managers Association, after originally labelling Malky Mackay’s texts as “friendly banter”, later apologised and stated:
The LMA apologises for some of its wording which was inappropriate and has been perceived to trivialise matters of a racist, sexist or homophobic nature.
It is beyond argument that any comments that are discriminatory, even used in private, are totally unacceptable.
“Totally unacceptable”, however, does not mean totally punishable.
The FA have today announced not to take any disciplinary action in the matter. A statement from the FA read:
The FA’s policy in cases such as this has been to not bring charges in respect of private communications sent with a legitimate expectation of privacy.
Having assessed the evidence, and in light of the finding that the communications were sent with a legitimate expectation of privacy, The FA will not be taking disciplinary action against Iain Moody and Malky Mackay in connection with the content of those messages.
Mackay has emphatically and categorically protested his innocent, previously telling the Sky Sports cameras: “I’m not a racist, I’m not a homophobe, I’m not sexist and I’m not anti-semitic”.
Below are tweets on the FA’s verdict in the Malky Mackay and Iain Moody case.
.@FA says Mackay and Moody's messages were sent with "legitimate expectation of privacy".
— PA Dugout (@PA_dugout) July 16, 2015
BREAKING: Malky Mackay & Iain Moody will NOT face disciplinary action following 11 month FA investigation into inappropriate texts #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) July 16, 2015
Slightly puzzled why the FA would put out that Mackay/Moody news on one of the busiest sporting days of the year….
— James Masters (@Masters_JamesD) July 16, 2015
Kick racism out of football (unless it's done in private).
— Dave Kidd (@davekiddmirror) July 16, 2015
@FA you're an embarrassment to the sport. You're not fit to govern. As long as it done in private then racism and sexism is permissible.
— JFT96 (@Yan5timesProd) July 16, 2015
Imagine being English FA and having the cheek to tell FIFA they don't do enough about racism, while you let Mackay get away with this.
— Sina Saemian (@Sinaa_sa) July 16, 2015
— gibgod (@gibgod) July 16, 2015
Perspective: @FA fine Rio for "sket" remark, fine Wilshere for Spurs chants, but not Mackay for "racist, sexist and offensive remarks". Wow.
— Joe Krishnan (@joekrishnan) July 16, 2015