Dydd Llun Te 2014-08-25
Well… It’s been a week hasn’t it. A win in a tight game against Wigan, a loss in a tough game against a competitive Wolves side and a lot more news headlines than you’d expect from a team in the Championship… I think by now we’ve all heard the news of the ex Cardiff manager and his aide Ian Moody
Before we get into the heart of the matter, if you missed out on the two games in the last week the GSO Cardiff City match reports can be found HERE for Wigan and HERE for Wolves… You can also find a quick bit of info on why I’m happy to be in the premiership this season, just HERE. Don’t say we never do anything for you.
So, Wednesday last week the ex Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay was all set to be announced as the new manager for Premier League side Crystal Palace. You can imagine that his old friend from our blue shores Ian Moody was all set to welcome him and get back to business as usual, of sorts at least.
That was, until Cardiff dropped a bombshell into the public domain. Text messages between Malky and Moody (which we shan’t grace with more air time here) and other members of staff which cover really all of the discriminatory bases. Sexism, Sexuality and Racism were all brought into play. And with the Racism brush, you can bet there were words said about Mr Vincent Tan.
According to an official statement by the Bluebirds,
“The LMA is the representative voice of managers, and whilst we understand it seeks to act in the best interests of its members, one of its major aims is to “encourage honourable practice, conduct and courtesy in all professional activity”. Regrettably, we feel that the LMA has done no such thing in its representation of Mr Mackay and Mr Moody.”
(if you want the full statement, find that just HERE).
Some are even questioning why this has only come to light the day before Malky was named as the manager for a new club. Even some Cardiff City fans themselves are mentioning this, though it seems that these folks haven’t read the club’s statement properly or fully.
“That the LMA has sought to criticise the Club for the timing of the report to the FA is preposterous, because the offensive communications have been in the knowledge and possession of the LMA for many months. When the messages came to light, over three months ago, the Club strongly encouraged and advised Mr Moody and Mr Mackay to deal with the issue directly with the FA.
It was made clear to them, and their LMA appointed lawyers, that the nature of the communications meant the Club was under a duty to report their findings to the FA if they did not take appropriate action themselves. Nevertheless, with the backing of the LMA, Mr Moody and Mr Mackay chose to do nothing.”
So, a bit of a boy’s club at the old LMA it would seem and many would think that Vincent Tan could be forgiven, and indeed exhalted, for letting Malky go without a word of this to the press at the time. Only making this public knowledge after months of inactivity from Malky, Moody or the LMA themselves.
But even worse, to me, is again all over the Bluebird’s social media pages. While some are decrying the old boys for this appalling sequence of messages (myself included), many, many more are saying it’s just a joke, get over it…
I notice a lot of those folks are straight white males… and while it is understandable that perhaps they can’t fully empathise with the nature of this discrimination, you would have though that after reading the messages they could at least think on it. Try to imagine it from another’s point of view… Unfortunately, it seems, Homophobia, Sexism and Racism are a part of life now, and we should just let these lads have their joke and get on with it… and that, to me, is appalling.
I hope that this spotlight on things comes to highlight the issues inherent in football these days. There should be no prejudice against anybody in this world because of the amount of pigment in their skin, their place of birth, which set of genitals they happen to have or which sets of genitals they are attracted to. It genuinely saddens me that there are still people in this world who have no sense of empathy… The efforts to kick racism out of football have been ongoing for years, maybe we need to broaden the horizons, and step it up a gear.
I don’t think that their lives should be over. Their actions (and inaction), should not cause their families hardship. BUT I do think it’s good that Mackay has agreed to go on a sensitivity course. It’s not the end of the road by a long way, but it’s a good start. The main trouble is, I believe, that the people who are doling out the abuse genuinely don’t know they’re in the wrong, and I think it should be the main goal of the FA to prove to them that they are.
It’s not just up to the FA though… it’s up to you as well. Together, we can end this.