Thursday August 21st, 2014

England's Football Association is investigating Crystal Palace sporting director Iain Moody and former Cardiff City coach Malky Mackay for alleged racist, sexist and homophobic text messages the pair sent while working for Cardiff, the FA announced Thursday.

As a result of the investigation, Moody has resigned, Crystal Palace announced Wednesday. Mackay, who had emerged as the leading candidate to become Crystal Palace's coach and was expected to be named to the position this week, fell out of the running Wednesday due to the allegations. 

The FA was made aware of the allegations by Cardiff, which submitted a dossier to the organization detailing the pair's alleged misdeeds, according to The Guardian.

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Mackay managed Cardiff from 2011 until he was fired last December by owner Vincent Tan, who was criticized for the move. Moody was the club's recruitment director from 2011 until he was let go in October.

The pair's contentious relationship with Tan was exacerbated last April, when Cardiff accused Moody, who had been hired by Crystal Palace at that point, of obtaining Cardiff's lineup for the teams' April 5 match and leaking it to then-Crystal Palace coach Tony Pulis. Crystal Palace was fined for the incident Monday.

Mackay and Moody apologized to Tan in May, which was thought to have ended the tensions between the two sides. 

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According to the BBC, Crystal Palace was unaware of any alleged improper texts sent by Mackay when it was considering him for its coaching position.

Pulis resigned just two days before the club's season opener last weekend, which Crystal Palace lost to Arsenal 2-1 under interim coach Keith Millen.

Ben Estes

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