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Mackay: 'No Excuse' For Offensive Texts
Former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has apologised for sending a string of racist, sexist and homophobic text messages.
Mackay said there was "no excuse" for the texts, sent while he was boss of the Welsh club.
He said: "Out of 10,000 text messages in and out of someone's phone, I sent three, and that being the case, looking at them, they are completely unacceptable, inappropriate, and for that and any offence I've caused, I sincerely apologise.
"That's something that I did, and for that, there is no excuse."
Mackay and Cardiff's ex-head of recruitment Iain Moody had been accused of sharing the offensive texts, which were included as part of a dossier of allegations sent to the Football Association by the club.
Both men were sacked by Cardiff last season, long before details of the messages emerged.
The emergence of the dossier appeared put an end to Mackay's†hopes of landing the Crystal Palace manager's job, while Moody has resigned as the London club's sporting director over the affair.
The former Celtic and Watford player said he would co-operate with an FA inquiry into the allegations and insisted the texts did not represent his true views.
He said: "I've been in a multicultural football environment for 20 years and I love British football.
"I am no racist and I am no sexist, I'm no homophobe and I'm no anti-Semitic."
Earlier, the League Managers Association (LMA) was forced to backtrack after it was widely criticised for dismissing the messages as "friendly banter".
The initial LMA statement said Mackay had been under pressure when the messages were sent and that he was "letting off steam to a friend during some friendly text message banter".
In a new statement on Friday, the association said: it said: "The LMA apologises for some of its wording, in its release yesterday, which was inappropriate and has been perceived to trivialise matters of a racist, sexist or homophobic nature.
"That was certainly not our intention. It is beyond argument that any comments that are discriminatory, even used in private, are totally unacceptable.
"The LMA remains absolutely aware of our responsibility to the game and to promote and uphold the highest standards of behaviour."
Despite the apology, Cardiff have demanded LMA boss Richard Bevan stand down, describing his position as "untenable".
Young footballers told Sky News of their shock at Mackay's behaviour.
Temisan Pop said: "I aspire to be a footballer... It hurts that someone in that position is saying these things. It kind of means, what hope do I have?"