Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan: ‘No sympathy’ for Malky Mackay over homopobic texts

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Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has said he has “no sympathy” for football manager Malky Mackay after allegedly sending a string of racist, sexist, and homophobic texts.

Last month, allegations were made that former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay and his then head of recruitment Iain Moody, sent a string of offensive text messages.

Mr Mackay, admitting to sending three texts, apologised for their “unacceptable” and “inappropriate” contents.

On Tuedsay, Vincent Tan, who had sacked Mr Mackay in December last year, denied deliberately preventing the former manager from taking over at Crystal Palace by sending the dossier of the coach’s controversial text messages to the Football Association.

In an interview with Sky Sports News, he said: “If the club discovers there is racism, you have to inform the FA, so we told him that since we sacked him we were not going to inform the FA and ‘we’ll leave it to you.’

“They didn’t do it for three months, so we were advised to or the FA could fine us.

“It so happens that it timed when he was supposed to get a job with Crystal Palace. People said we timed it like that but we didn’t, it was just too long. I had no sympathy for him after what he had done. He is the man responsible for us being relegated.”

One of the texts allegedly read: “He’s a snake, a gay snake. Not to be trusted.”

Last month, Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp defended Mr Mackay, saying: “He hasn’t murdered anyone, he hasn’t raped anyone and he is not a paedophile.”