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FMA apologises for 'banter' statement

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LONDON (AP) The organization that represents British football managers apologized Friday for releasing a clumsily worded statement in support of a coach which appeared to trivialize racism.

The League Managers Association confirmed Thursday that former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay sent text messages to a colleague at the Welsh club that were "disrespectful of other cultures."

But the LMA provoked outrage by adding that the exchanges occurred during "friendly text-message banter" and that Mackay was just "letting off steam to a friend."

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