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Soccer Executive Resigns Amid Racist, Sexist Text Reports

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Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Premier League team Crystal Palace said sporting director Iain Moody resigned as England’s national soccer federation investigates misconduct at his former club.

Palace recruited the official after he was fired by Cardiff City last season, with the Welsh team’s owner Vincent Tan saying Moody, a former journalist and press officer, overpaid for several players. The Welsh team submitted a dossier to the Football Association last week with details of alleged racist, homophobic and sexist messages exchanged between Moody and former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay.

Mackay had been in talks about the vacant coach’s position at Palace after Tony Pulis quit before the first game, according to the Daily Mail, which reported extracts of the alleged messages.

“In light of the events of yesterday, Sporting Director Iain Moody has tendered his resignation and it has been accepted with immediate effect,” Palace said in a statement on its website. The team was fined 25,000 pounds ($41,500) earlier this week by the Premier League following a complaint from Cardiff that Moody used his connections to get information about team selection before a match between the two clubs.

Cardiff obtained the alleged messages sent between Moody and Mackay after getting a court order to raid their homes earlier this year, the Daily Mail reported.

Cardiff Promotion

Under Mackay, Cardiff was promoted to the Premier League for the first time since the competition started in 1992. Mackay was fired by the Bluebirds in December before the team was relegated to the second-tier Championship.

Moody and Mackay tried to claim damages for their dismissals before dropping the action late last year and apologizing to the club and Tan personally.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tariq Panja in London at tpanja@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net Sara Marley, Michael Sillup

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