Premier League - Stunning Cardiff statement calls on LMA chief to quit over Mackay

Cardiff City have called for LMA chief executive Richard Bevan to stand down after the organisation’s botched handling of the Malky Mackay allegations.

Premier League - Stunning Cardiff statement calls on LMA chief to quit over Mackay

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The chief executive of the League Managers' Association, Richard Bevan holds a flag on a green during the Open de Espana ProAm at PGA Catalunya Resort on May 14, 2014 in Girona, Spain (Getty)

The LMA released a statement on behalf of former Cardiff manager Mackay on Thursday night after the 42-year-old Scot and Iain Moody were alleged to have shared racist, sexist and homophobic texts when they worked together at the Welsh club.

The statement said that Mackay had been under pressure at the time of the messages and that he was "letting off steam to a friend during some friendly text message banter."


That statement has been widely criticised by anti-discrimination campaigners within the game, and the LMA apologised for how the first release had been worded.


In response Cardiff released a statement heavily criticising the LMA, accusing them of being "complicit in the attempt to conceal these messages", and describing their use of the term "friendly banter" as "reprehensible".


“We had not intended to comment on matters which have been reported in the press over the last two days in relation to Malky Mackay and Iain Moody. However, following the statement released by the LMA last night we feel compelled to respond,” read a statement on the club’s website.

“The LMA is the representative voice of managers, and whilst we understand it seeks to act in the best interests of its members, one of its major aims is to 'encourage honourable practice, conduct and courtesy in all professional activity'.

“Regrettably, we feel that the LMA has done no such thing in its representation of Mr Mackay and Mr Moody. The LMA were aware of the allegations from the morning of the search order, and their lawyers acted for Mr Mackay and Mr Moody throughout the legal process.

“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. Nevertheless, with the backing of the LMA, Mr Moody and Mr Mackay chose to do nothing. The LMA were therefore complicit in the attempt to conceal these messages (of which there were many more than the two isolated texts acknowledged by Mr Mackay).

“We also point out that the LMA members have a ‘Code of Conduct’ incorporated into their managerial contracts. One of the requirements is 'A Manager shall not use racist or other discriminatory language. A Manager’s behaviour should demonstrate to Players and other employees under his control that discrimination in any form is unacceptable.'

“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'.

“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."

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