Harry Redknapp: 'Malky Mackay made a mistake, but he's not a murderer'

QPR manager Harry Redknapp on the touchline during his team's match against Burnley on October 26, 2013
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Harry Redknapp describes Malky Mackay's alleged racist text messages as a "mistake", but defends the Scotsman by saying that he's not a 'murderer or a rapist'.

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has called for perspective regarding Malky Mackay's alleged racist text messages by pointing out that the Scotsman is not a 'murderer or a rapist'.

The former Cardiff City manager is under investigation by the Football Association for allegedly making racist, sexist and homophobic comments during text message conversations with ex-head of recruitment Iain Moody.

The 42-year-old has apologised for sending two 'disrespectful' texts, but denies making any sexist or homophobic remarks.

"What I would say is that Malky Mackay has made a big mistake," Redknapp said in this morning's press conference. "Malky is a great lad, a family man and a real football man, he has made mistakes and people make mistakes in life.

"Suddenly everyone is an angel, he made a big mistake the lad but it shouldn't finish his life. He is a good manager and I feel bad for what he has done but I bet no one is feeling as bad as him or his family today.

"I'm not condoning what he has done but show me someone who has ever made a mistake and I will show you a liar. He hasn't murdered anyone, he hasn't raped anyone and he is not a paedophile."

Moody resigned from his position as sporting director at Crystal Palace yesterday after the allegations came to light.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay prior to kick-off in the match against Manchester United on November 24, 2013
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