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Malky Mackay likely to go unpunished over texting scandal

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield at Anfield on December 21, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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It seems as if Malky Mackay may escape without punishment over his texting scandal that came to light this summer.

The former Cardiff City manager was investigated by the FA for “sexist, racist and homophobic” text messages between Mackay and the club’s former head of recruitment Iain Moody.

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Now it appears no punishment will be handed down due to the FA’s policy of not acting on “private communications.” While Mackay apologized for his comments, the League Manager’s Association came under fire after claiming the statements were only “friendly text message banter.”

[ RELATED: LMA issues apology over Mackay allegations | Cardiff City call for LMA chief to resign ]

The FA has not made any public comments because “the matter is ongoing,” but they will likely take heat if Mackay is not punished. Although in private conversation, the remarks made by Mackay were clearly disrespectful and have no place in football.

Managers are a representative of their club, and must hold themselves to a high standard both on and off the pitch. Mackay’s actions not only cost himself a possible job at Crystal Palace, but also brought negative attention to Cardiff City and football as a whole.

Cardiff City could still choose to pursue the matter internally, which could mean an appearance in civil court for Mackay. Knowing the history between the former manager and Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan, there could still be more to come from this.