London - Cardiff City have called on League Managers' Association chief
executive Richard Bevan to resign, saying his position was "untenable"
following a statement the LMA released on behalf of their former manager
The LMA spoke on behalf of Mackay on Thursday after
the 42-year-old Scot and his right-hand man Iain Moody were alleged to
have shared racist, sexist and homophobic texts when they worked
together at Cardiff.
It explained Mackay's conduct by saying he was "letting off steam to a friend during some friendly text message banter".
prompted widespread criticism from anti-discrimination groups, while
Cardiff said Friday that the 'friendly banter' defence was
"A manager's behaviour should demonstrate to
players and other employees under his control that discrimination in any
form is unacceptable," said a Cardiff statement released through the
club's lawyers Mishcon de Reya.
"We therefore find it entirely
reprehensible that the LMA should itself put out a statement which seeks
to dismiss deeply offensive racist comments as 'friendly banter'.
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
The LMA's statement, for which they have since
apologised, was published following Moody's resignation as sporting
director of Premier League side Crystal Palace on Thursday after a file
alleging misconduct during his time with Cardiff was sent by the Welsh
club to the Football Association.
According to a report in
Britain's Daily Mail, the file alleges that both Moody and Mackay, who
was sacked as Cardiff manager by Malaysian owner Vincent Tan in December
2013, sent a series of racist, sexist and homophobic text messages to
one another during their time with the Welsh side.
Two months after Mackay's departure, Moody was fired by Cardiff before going on to join Palace's staff
LMA statement questioned the timing of the Mail's revelations, which
appeared to have scuppered Scottish boss Mackay's hopes of succeeding
Tony Pulis as manager of south London club Palace.
Cardiff insisted Friday the LMA had known for months about the offensive
texts concerning Moody and Mackay, saying they were "complicit in the
attempt to conceal these messages", of which there were "many more" than
the two Mackay had admitted sending in Thursday's LMA statement."That
the LMA has sought to criticise the club for the timing of the report
to the FA is preposterous, because the offensive communications have
been in the knowledge and possession of the LMA for many months,"
"When the messages came to light, over three months
ago, the club strongly encouraged and advised Mr Moody and Mr Mackay to
deal with the issue directly with the FA.
"It was made clear to
them, and their LMA-appointed lawyers, that the nature of the
communications meant the club was under a duty to report their findings
to the FA if they did not take appropriate action themselves."
on Friday, the LMA apologised for its original statement, saying it had
not meant to "trivialise" issues of racism, sexism and homophobia.
But there was support for Mackay from veteran QPR manager Hary Redknapp.
am not condoning what he has done but he is not a bad person," Redknapp
said. "He has not murdered someone, is not a rapist or a paedophile, he
has made a mistake but that should not finish his football career."
Mackay guided Cardiff to the Premier League after a 51-year absence from English football's top flight.
he was ditched by Cardiff, Mackay launched a 7.5million ($12.4 million,
9.4 million euros) legal claim against Tan for compensation but dropped
the claim in May and apologised to the Bluebirds' owner.
Earlier this week Palace were fined by the Premier League for their part in the 'spygate' saga involving Cardiff last April.
Premier League determined Palace had breached their 'good faith' rule
by obtaining information about Cardiff's team ahead of their 3-0 win
when the two clubs were relegation rivals.
Cardiff complained that Moody had contacted their employees for information in the build-up to the game.