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'No excuse' for offensive texts says sorry Mackay

Malky Mackay has apologised for the discriminatory text messages he sent during his time as manager of Cardiff.

Mackay has come in for criticism after sharing what were reported to be racist, sexist and homophobic texts with former Cardiff head of recruitment Iain Moody, with 
the Football Association investigating a dossier submitted by the Bluebirds.

The 42-year-old Scot 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 for any offence I've caused I sincerely apologise for that.

"That's something I did and there is no excuse for that."

Mackay was set to become the new Crystal Palace manager earlier this week, but the scandal surrounding him emerged just as the Premier League club were understood to be readying his appointment.

Mackay admitted sending the texts at the centre of the controversy, at a time when his position at 
Cardiff was under scrutiny, and acknowledged there could be no mitigation for what he did.

He was sacked as manager of Cardiff in December last year after months of speculation surrounding his position, despite leading the club into the Premier League for the first time in their history.

"I did it in a period where I was under immense pressure and stress in terms of the relationships that were possibly not going too well at my football club at the time," Mackay said.

"I'm a manager, I'm a leader of people and it should not have happened. But before all that and foremost, I'm a human being and I made a mistake."

Meanwhile, Cardiff have called for League Managers' Association chief executive Richard Bevan to resign following his organisation's defence of Malky Mackay's use of racist texts as 'friendly banter'.

The Welsh club described the LMA's criticism of the timing 
of the release of the dossier 
regarding Mackay and former head of 
recruitment Iain Moody to 
the Football Association as