The Malky Mackay and Iain Moody texts: What you need to know

Matthew Champion@matthewchampion
Thursday 21 August 2014 12:30
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Update: Iain Moody has left Crystal Palace, the club has confirmed in a statement.

What's said to have happened?

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay was widely expected to be appointed to the vacant manager's role at Crystal Palace but he is no longer in contention, while a dossier of alleged offensive communications has reportedly been sent to the Football Association according to the Daily Mail.

  • Malky Mackay

What dossier?

According to the Mail's Matt Lawton, two weeks ago, Cardiff, who have an obligation to report any matter which may constitute "aggravated misconduct", handed to the FA two letters including emails and text messages allegedly sent by Mackay and Iain Moody.

Moody left Cardiff, then in the Premier League, in October last year, several months before Mackay was sacked by owner Vincent Tan.

Since then Moody has taken up a sporting director role at Selhurst Park, and was set to be reunited with Mackay.

Both men dropped a claim for wrongful dismissal against Tan, who took over Cardiff in 2010, in May this year.

  • Iain Moody (centre) with Crystal Palace owner Steve Parish (right)

What was in the messages?

The Mail has published a selection of the alleged messages, some of which, it is claimed, were obtained after a London law firm obtained a search order from the High Court to enter Moody's house.

"Fkn chinkys."

  • Reportedly sent from Mackay to Moody after South Korean international Kim Bo-Kyung was signed in July 2012. A further message reportedly said:

“Fk it. There's enough dogs in Cardiff for us all to go around."

"Go on, fat Phil. Nothing like a Jew that sees money slipping through his fingers."

  • Reportedly sent in reference to football agent Phil Smith.

"Not many white faces amongst that lot but worth considering."

  • Reportedly discussing a list of potential transfer targets.

"I hope she's looking after your needs. I bet you'd love a bounce on her falsies."

  • Reportedly talking about a player's female agent.

"He's a snake, a gay snake. Not to be trusted."

  • Reportedly referring to an official at another football club.

Finally, a picture sent to some members of Cardiff's staff allegedly showed a mock-up of something called 'Black Monopoly' where every square was "Go to Jail"

What we don't know

Apart from the exchange around Kim Bo-Kyung, we do not know when the alleged messages were supposedly sent or who was the recipient or sender are alleged to have been.

  • Cardiff owner Vincent Tan

What's been said in response?

Cardiff, Mackay, Moody and the FA all declined to comment.

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