‘Culture of discrimination continues to exist in English football’ says Kick Out’s Chair22 August 2014

KickitOut’sChairLordHermanOuseleyhascommentedontheallegeddiscriminatoryremarksmadebyformerCardiffCitymanagerMalkyMackayandIainMoody,theWelshclub’sformerheadofrecruitment,sayingthatthese‘confirmhowfootballistaintedwithdiscrimination’.

The former Cardiff City employees have been reported to the English Football Association (FA) over alleged misconduct in an exhaustive document compiled by Cardiff chairman Vincent Tan.

The document is believed to include details of their transfer dealings and thousands of text messages and emails which are explicit and offensive.

On the allegations, Lord Ouseley said:

“Kick It Out is aware but not shocked to hear of reports revealing alleged racist, anti-Semitic, sexist and homophobic comments made by former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay, and Iain Moody, the former Sporting Director at Crystal Palace.”

The reality is that these views are most dangerously held by those people in positions of power, and the football establishment knows and condones it.

This familiar scenario acts as a challenge to the leadership of football that cannot be shirked again. The governing bodies and the clubs must denounce such attitudes prevalent in the game, and take the appropriate action.”

The dossier compiled by Cardiff was sent to the FA by the law firm Mishcon de Reya, who searched the homes of both Mackay and Moody earlier this year. The club’s owner, Vincent Tan, was severely criticised when he sacked Mackay last season.

Crystal Palace’s sporting director Iain Moody has since resigned from his position at the London-based club.

269% increase in the number of discriminatory reports
During the 2013/2014 football season 284 complaints of discriminatory incidents were submitted to Kick It Out, compared with 77 the previous year. The increase follows the launch of a mobile app with a reporting function in July 2013.

The numbers suggest an increase of discriminatory reporting by football fans of 269%, with Racism (66%), faith-based abuse (20.5%) and homophobia (8%) being the types of incidents most commonly reported.

Lord Herman Ouseley