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Crystal Palace’s Sporting Director Iain Moody resigns after text scandal


Following damaging reports surrounding Crystal Palace’s Sporting Director Iain Moody and former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay surfaced on Wednesday, Moody has stepped down from his role with the Premier League club.

Moody is alleged to have played a part in the spying scandal which took place last season between Palace and his former club Cardiff City, while the Welsh sides’ owner Vincent Tan has launched an investigation into several transfer dealings which Moody and Mackay were involved in during their time together at Cardiff City.

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Moody was fired by Cardiff in October, then Mackay was fired in January, which was condemned by the soccer community at the time but the following shocking details have since emerged as sexist, racist and homophobic text messages and emails between Mackay and Moody have since been released to the public after apparently being shared by the police following a raid on Moody’s home in connection with Tan’s investigation into their actions. Moody was a former writer, club press officer at Watford where he met Mackay and has since become a leading man at both Cardiff and Palace.

However Palace are now without a manager or a Sporting Director and Mackay is well and truly out of the running to become their new manager at Selhurst Park after Tan exposed some of the reasons why he has been speaking out against the Scotsman for so long.

A brief statement on Palace’s website confirmed that Moody had handed in his resignation and it had been accepted by the club.

In light of the events of yesterday, Sporting Director, Iain Moody has tendered his resignation and it has been accepted with immediate effect.

There will be no further comment from the club on this matter.

Moody and Mackay are now embroiled in an FA investigation, as well as being investigated by the police over a number of claims.

We haven’t heard the last of Iain Moody’s name, but we have probably seen the last of him in any professional capacity when it comes to soccer.

Ferguson still being asked about Moyes: “We chose a good football man”

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In some ways absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it seems Sir Alex Ferguson‘s life after Manchester United has been filled with second guessing.

Whether the sales of Paul Pogba and Gerard Pique or the appointment of David Moyes, “Fergie” apparently can’t rest on his title-winning laurels.

[ MORE: Tax evasion charges dropped against Messi, but not his father ]

One thing that seems to bug him more than anything, though, is the idea that he hand-picked David Moyes to be his successor, and should be responsible for his failings.

In a new documentary, Ferguson both defends the appointment of Moyes and explains the process behind his choice.

From the BBC:

“I don’t think we made a mistake at all. I think we chose a good football man,” Ferguson says. “Unfortunately it didn’t work for David.

“Jose Mourinho was going back to Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti was going to Real Madrid, Jurgen Klopp had signed a contract with Dortmund, Louis Van Gaal was staying with Holland for the World Cup.”

The article also makes another key point, according to Ferguson: the manager claims he only gave United a few months notice that he’d be stepping down. That certainly didn’t provide a lot of lead time to secure a big boss.

What do you make it of it? If your answer is, “When can we stop talking about Moyes and United?” I tend to be with you, but it’s a talking point.

Tax evasion charges against Messi dropped; Case vs father continues

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2013 file photo, Barcelona F.C. star Lionel Messi, left, arrives at a court to answer questions in a tax fraud case in Gava, near Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona prosecutors are calling for the arrest of Messi's father in a tax fraud case. Prosecutors have cleared Messi of wrongdoing but are seeking an 18-month prison sentence for his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office of 4 million euros ($4.5 million) in unpaid taxes from 2007-09. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)
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Lionel Messi will not face charges that he and his father defrauded the government in millions of unpaid taxes, though his father is not so lucky.

Messi’s father, Jorge, could face 18 months in jail and an approximate $2.25 million fine despite a voluntary payment of $5.5 million in 2013 to “correct” the missed taxes.

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The Barcleona star had plead ignorance to the charges, something that failed to impress prosecutors. But, it apparently worked out in his favor on Tuesday.

From the BBC:

Prosecutors allege that Jorge avoiding paying tax on his son’s earnings by using offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay between 2007 and 2009.

Messi’s lawyers argued that the player had “never devoted a minute of his life to reading, studying or analysing” the contracts, El Pais newspaper reported.