Cardiff City wants League Managers' Association chief Richard Bevan to resign following an apology the LMA put out on Malky Mackay's behalf Thursday that called offensive text messages sent by Mackay "friendly banter."
Cardiff City wants League Managers' Association chief Richard Bevan to resign after the LMA on Thursday called offensive text message sent by Malky Mackay friendly "banter."
The LMA made the statement both to clarify its own position on the issue and to apologize on behalf of Mackay.
Cardiff posted a statement on its website Friday calling for Bevan's resignation.
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.
But on Wednesday, it came to light that the Football Association is investigating Crystal Palace sporting director Iain Moody and Mackay, former manager of Cardiff City, for alleged racist, sexist and homophobic text messages the pair sent while both working for Cardiff. Moody immediately resigned from his position, and Crystal Palace withdrew its interest in hiring Mackay.
The LMA apologized Friday for its statement, which had been met with widespread criticism.
- Molly Geary