FA make Mackay statement

Malky Mackay during his first training session as Wigan manager

Malky Mackay during his first training session as Wigan manager

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THE Football Association has issued a statement regarding Malky Mackay, saying an investigation is still ongoing into the conduct of the new Latics boss.

Mackay arrived at the DW Stadium yesterday (Wednesday) in a cloud of controversy following the revelation of text messages allegedly sent by him in August which were of a racist, homophobic, antisemitic and sexist nature.

The Scot has apologised for the incident but the FA has said an investigation is still ongoing into the 42-year-old’s conduct and of his former sporting director Iain Moody.

A spokesman said: “We wish to make it clear The FA investigation into the conduct of Malky Mackay and Iain Moody remains ongoing and no assurances have been given by The FA as to the outcome of this case.

“In the particular and exceptional circumstances of this case, The FA would like to provide some clarification as to the status of the investigation.

“The FA did not come into possession of the relevant evidence relating to the messages until mid-October.

“This came out of many thousands of emails and texts and we are still in the process of obtaining additional information.

“The FA is still investigating whether these messages indicate a culture in which other acts of a discriminatory nature may have taken place.

“This process inevitably takes time. Both Mr Mackay and Mr Moody are fully co-operating with the ongoing process.

“We fully appreciate the need to act expeditiously on this matter.

“However, it remains a complex investigation and The FA will make no further comment at this time.”