Mackay probe escalates as Cardiff call for LMA chief to resign
Cardiff City have called for League Managers' Association (LMA) chief executive Richard Bevan to step down as the storm surrounding Malky Mackay's offensive texts scandal escalated.
Mackay allegedly shared racist, sexist and homophobic text messages with Iain Moody during their time at the Cardiff City Stadium, prompting the LMA to release a statement on behalf of the Scot.
However, the body was forced to issue an apology after the statement said the offensive messages were merely "friendly text message banter" as Mackay was "letting off steam to a friend".
Cardiff were far from impressed, however, prompting them to demand Bevan's resignation.
A statement issued on behalf of Cardiff by law firm Mishcon de Reya read: "We...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."
The news of the scandal appeared to scupper Mackay's chances of landing a job with Crystal Palace while Moody resigned from his post as the Eagles' sporting director.
Another manager who could find himself next in the firing line is QPR boss Harry Redknapp, who tried to defend Mackay.
However, his choice of words were far from ideal.
Redknapp said: "He's not murdered anyone, he's not a rapist or a paedophile.
"He's made a big mistake. It shouldn’t finish his life or his football career. It’s going to take time for him to get back into the game. People get second chances in life who have committed bad crimes. Why shouldn't he? He's made a mistake but we're not going to hang him for it, are we?
"Obviously someone is after him, ain't they? They are certainly not giving up, that's for sure."
Sources: PA Sport, The Guardian