Revenge is a dish best served cold: the Vincent Tan Edition

Malky Mackay and Iain Moody investigated by FA over 'sexist, racist and homophobic' text messages during time at Cardiff City

Malky Mackay and Iain Moody have been reported to the FA and accused of being racist, sexist and homophobic in a shocking series of text messages dating back to their time together at Cardiff City.

Mackay, the former Cardiff manager, and Moody, the club’s former head of recruitment and now Crystal Palace’s director of football, appeared to be on the verge of being reunited at Selhurst Park on Wednesday, with Mackay thought to be replacing Tony Pulis.

But it is understood Mackay dropped out of the running after Palace learned of the evidence that has been passed to Wembley officials.

After months of investigation, Sportsmail can reveal the details of two letters sent to the FA outlining explicit and offensive texts.

These messages came to light after a dawn raid on Moody’s south London home in March this year, as part of Cardiff’s £750,000 investigation into eight controversial transfers.

They engaged London law firm Mishcon de Reya, whose investigators obtained a search order from the High Court to enter Moody’s house in Balham, seizing work computers and phones and taking electronic imagery of evidence.

They were investigating alleged wrongdoing related to one of these transfers.
Around 70,000 text messages and 100,000 emails were allegedly recovered, including the text and email exchanges that form the basis of letters sent to the FA by Mishcon de Reya, on behalf of Cardiff.

Under FA rules, Cardiff are required to report any matters which may constitute ‘aggravated misconduct’.
The letters to the FA make reference to the following alleged offensive communications between Moody, Mackay and others:

  • In July 2012, Cardiff signed South Korean international Kim Bo-kyung, but when Moody informed Mackay on July 12 that ‘five of the b******s including the player’ were arriving for talks, the reply from Mackay’s phone was: ‘Fkn chinkys.’ A further message says: ‘Fk it. There’s enough dogs in Cardiff for us all to go around.’

  • In reference to the prominent football agent, Phil Smith, a text states: ‘Go on, fat Phil. Nothing like a Jew that sees money slipping through his fingers’. The Israeli club, Maccabi Tel Aviv, are also referred to simply as ‘the Jews’.

  • A football official at another club is referred to as ‘a gay snake’ and ‘the homo’ and someone who is ‘not to be trusted’, while a French player is someone ‘who struck me as an independently minded young homo’.

  • An exchange with a young player who has a female agent makes reference to a sex act and states: ‘I hope she’s looking after your needs,’ the player is then told. ‘I bet you’d love a bounce on her falsies.’

  • On August 16, 2012, a list of players proposed by a French agent is forwarded, stating to Mackay that ‘he needs to rename his agency the All Blacks’.

  • A separate text in reference to a list of French players states: ‘Not many white faces amongst that lot but worth considering.’

  • In a separate exchange a picture entitled ‘Black Monopoly’ is sent, with every square a ‘Go To Jail’ square. Of one African player, it is stated: ‘Doesn’t look like a good cv. And he’s Nigerian.’

Sportsmail understands Mackay and Moody were informed Cardiff were in possession of these messages earlier this year. At the same time the pair were informed of the findings from the club’s investigation into the eight controversial transfers — totalling around £50million — in summer 2013.

After his sacking last December, Mackay launched a £7.5m legal claim against Cardiff’s owner Vincent Tan for compensation and wrongful dismissal. But in May, Mackay suddenly dropped the claim and issued an apology to Tan. In a statement, Mackay said: ‘Today I have reached a settlement agreement dropping all claims I have made against Cardiff City Football Club. I did 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 had been fired as Cardiff’s head of recruitment two months before Mackay’s departure. On the same day in May he also issued an apology to Tan. ‘Wherever mistakes were made during my time at the club, I wish to apologise for any part that I played in them, and for any offence I might have caused, particularly to Vincent Tan and all City fans,’ said Moody.

Malky McKay and Cardiff City Owner Vincent Tan

Two months earlier, Moody had also been ordered by Cardiff’s investigators to allow them access to his office at the Crystal Palace training ground in Beckenham, Kent. Mackay and Moody were encouraged by Cardiff’s lawyers to disclose the details of the racist, sexist and homophobic text messages to the FA. Ultimately, Cardiff believe they had no choice but to send a report to the FA.

Tan was widely and heavily criticised for sacking Mackay, a manager who was popular with Cardiff supporters, having guided the club into the Barclays Premier League for the first time.
There has been a long-running dispute between the two, with the Cardiff owner suggesting the club paid way above the market value for a number of players. The club spent £50m spent on the eight players that summer, but Tan believes the true market value should have been nearer £30m. The signings included £10m striker Andreas Cornelius, full back John Brayford and midfielder Gary Medel.

Tan and Cardiff executive chairman Mehmet Dalman enlisted the services of Mishcon de Reya, whose specialists represent a number of clubs in the Premier League.

Their investigation has resulted in around £3m being withheld in payments due to agents in deals authorised during Mackay and Moody’s tenure at the club.

The law firm are understood to have discovered a series of papers relating to certain transfers that were not included in official transfer documents. Investigators also discovered the authorisation of payments to agents for deals in which there was no evidence of their involvement. One £600,000 transfer included an additional £600,000 fee to an agent.

The transfer of Peter Odemwingie from West Bromwich Albion to Cardiff for £2.25m in September 2013 was among those investigated. Odemwingie was represented by Rob Segal and it is understood the two men are now in a legal dispute over the payment of agents’ fees, with the Nigeria striker’s subsequent move to Stoke also part of that dispute.
Some payments due in the Odemwingie move to Cardiff have been withheld by the club.
Segal insisted he was in a dispute with a 33-year-old in a case now heading for an FA tribunal.

Sportsmail understands that in a week when the Premier League fined Palace for an alleged leak of Cardiff team information ahead of their match last season, investigators also seized documentation in the raids that reveals that two Cardiff City players were providing Moody with sensitive information about the club after he had left.
On Wednesday afternoon Moody was contacted by Sportsmail and he said: ‘I can’t make any comment at all. It’s obviously a legally privileged position at the moment.’ Mackay was unavailable for comment despite numerous attempts to contact him.
Moody was understood to be in discussions with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish on Wednesday afternoon.
The FA refused to confirm any details regarding the letters, and Cardiff also said they would not make any comment on the matter.

In a further twist, it emerged that Cardiff are now set to launch legal action against Crystal Palace and Moody in the wake of the spying scandal.

Reports in Wales say club officials sent legal letters to the Premier League club on Wednesday, along with Moody, informing them that they intend to pursue a claim now that the Premier League has issued its fine.