Mackay texts and apol­ogy at­tacked

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL EASTERMAN

FOOT­BALL AGENT Phil Smith has con­demned re­marks made by for­mer Cardiff City man­ager Malky Mackay.

In a text mes­sage pro­vided as part of a dossier of ev­i­dence to the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, Mr Mackay is ac­cused of writ­ing: “Go on, fat Phil. Noth­ing like a Jew that sees money slip­ping through his fingers.”

The FA has con­firmed that it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter. Mr Mackay has said he is not an­ti­semitic.

“The ‘Jew’ com­ment was com­pletely un­ac­cept­able,” said Mr Smith. “When some­one is called a Jew like that its very dis­crim­i­na­tory at a time when, as Jews, we need to stand up for our­selves.”

Mr Smith also at­tacked the apol­ogy of­fered by the League Man­ager’s As­so­ci­a­tion (LMA), de­scrib­ing text mes­sages sent by Mr Mackay as “friendly ban­ter”.

“I t was pa­thetic, al­most more back­ward than the ac­tual com­ments,” he said.

PHOTO: PA

Malky Mackay

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