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Free Speech: The FA Wants Malky Mackay Charged With Thought Crimes

by | 17th, November 2014

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay with player recruitment staff member Iain Moody (left) before the game


EAT your heart out Ched Evans, writing in the Telegraph  Jason Burt turns his gaze on Malky Mackay, the former Cardiff City manger whose offensive private emails became a public stick with which to beat him.

It was alleged Mackay shared racist, homophobic and misoynistic texts with former Cardiff colleague Iain Moody, who resigned his position as Crystal Palace sporting director shortly after the messages came to light.

Let’s look again at what was found:

“Go on, fat Phil. Nothing like a Jew that sees money slipping through his fingers.” On football agent Phil Smith.

“He’s a snake, a gay snake. Not to be trusted.” Referring to an official at another club.

“Not many white faces amongst that lot but worth considering.” Referring to a list of potential signings.

“I bet you’d love a bounce on her falsies”

Crystal Palace decided not to appoint the ex-Cardiff manager.

FA chairman Greg Dyke said at the time:

“The FA does not as a matter of policy consider private communications sent with a legitimate expectation of privacy to amount to professional misconduct.”

So. To Burt who writes beneath the headline”Dyke desperate to punish Mackay”

Malky Mackay remains the front-runner to become the new manager of Wigan Athletic – partly because there is an expectation, first reported by Telegraph Sport, that he will escape punishment for the sexist, racist and homophobic texts and email messages he and his former head of recruitment Iain Moody sent while the pair worked at Cardiff City.

What punishment is fitting for Mackay being exposed as a pillock?

The revelations scuppered Mackay’s chances of becoming the Crystal Palace manager and let to an investigation by the Football Association which is yet to be concluded. The problem the FA have is that it has followed an unofficial policy of not prosecuting when such communications remain private. That needs to be changed.

Prosecute him for what? His name is already sullied. We know he’s an idiot. He’s apologised. Job done.

However, such has been the outcry since our revelations that a charge cannot be pursued, the FA is now re-examining, yet again, whether proceedings can be taken. It is understood chairman Greg Dyke, in particular, is keen to pursue every avenue and will, at the very least, demand a change in policy. But charges have not been ruled out.

So. The outcry dictates the punishment.

It’s like convicted rapist Ched Evens, whose ability to play again for Sheffield United or indeed for any football club is being challenged by people who wants not justice but revenge. The mantra goes that male football fans are so stupid they will look at Evans and decide that rape is ok. Evans, you see, is billed as role model, a person who has has more influence on young male minds that fathers, mothers and siblings. Evans never signed up to be role model. The elite just decides he should be one. Mackay is one, too. It never mentions ‘role model’ on the contract footballers and managers sign.

Mackay’s treatment also has echoes of Liam Stacey, the mentally negligible tweeter sentenced to 56 days chokey for racist comments aimed at a critically ill black footballer. Stacey’s tweets to his 300 followers were amplified by the outraged.

At Swansea Magistrates Court, District Judge John Charles told Stacey:

“It was racist abuse via a social networking site instigated as a result of a vile and abhorrent comment about a young footballer who was fighting for his life. At the moment not just the footballer’s family, not just the footballing world but the whole world were literally praying for his life. Your comments aggravated this situation. I have no choice but to impost an immediate custodial sentence to reflect the public outrage at what you have done.”

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