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  • 21 August 2014, 12:59

Malky Mackay Investigated Over 'Offensive' Texts

The Football Association has confirmed it is investigating allegations of misconduct against former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay.

Cardiff City submitted a dossier regarding the conduct of Mackay, who was sacked in December, and former head of recruitment Iain Moody to the FA.

It is believed to contain allegations involving homophobic, racist and sexist text messages between the two men.

"The FA can confirm it is currently investigating this matter," a spokesman said.

The investigation was revealed after the 42-year-old Scot was ruled out of becoming the new manager of Premier League Crystal Palace on Wednesday, despite being hotly touted for the position.

Betting had been suspended on Mackay becoming the Crystal Palace manager on Tuesday, but the club did not make the expected appointment the following day.

Under FA regulations, Cardiff has to report allegations of misconduct.

After Mackay was sacked in December 2013, he launched a 7.5m claim for compensation for wrongful dismissal. He dropped the claim in May and issued a public apology.

It said: "Today I have reached a settlement agreement dropping all claims I have made against Cardiff City Football Club.

"I do not want to be in litigation and believe that it is in the best interests of all parties to have a clean break and move on.

"The club's owner Mr Vincent Tan invested heavily in the club and supported our decisions in our push for promotion to the Premier League. Without him this would not have been possible.

"If I have caused any offence to anyone during this time, especially to Vincent Tan, then I apologise without reservation."

Moody resigned from his role as sporting director at Crystal Palace with immediate effect shortly after the FA investigation was announced, the club said.

In a statement Crystal Palace said: "In light of the events of yesterday, sporting director, Iain Moody has tendered his resignation and it has been accepted with immediate effect.

"There will be no further comment from the club on this matter."

Moody left Cardiff in October last year.