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    griffChris Griffin
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    You can go to Radio 5 Live website and listen to Gary Richardsons’ piece about us and his interview with Lord Oulson who is trying everything to find a way of persecuting DW. He even advocates that what is said in private can no longer be deemed that (if it affects the well-being of persons, youth, and/or match fixing). Complete and utter tripe and smacks of the thought police. I think that he and the Kick It Out brigade have backed themselves into a corner by holding onto the shirt tails of a feeding frenzy media, opportunistic hacks and people like Tan and Gold trying to bully their way onto the big scene.

    I agree that we, the club, should lie low for a while, however, Mr Whelan should be ready for a counter claim against these offensive and sickening people who have openly lambasted him in public.

    Radio 5 Live Interview – start at 6:40

    This is what FA Chairman Greg Dyke said about the sexist e-mails Peter Scudamore sent:-

    “In terms of FA disciplinary policy we, as the FA, could have considered taking action had Mr Scudamore’s statements been made in the public arena.

    “However our policy has always been that we do not consider something stated in a private email communication to amount to professional misconduct.

    “We do, however, consider the content of the emails to be totally inappropriate.”

    I suspect that is what Whelan was referring to when he said he’d had assurances from the FA that no significant action would be taken against Mackay as a result of the text messages he’d sent.

    So has a precedent been set and if so will that be changed now with respect to what Mackay has said? If Mackay is found guilty will that mean Scudamore is also guilty?

    I am assuming text and email messages in this case are considered to be the same.[/quote]

    Yes I believe a precedent has been set (I think I mentioned this point in an earlier post) and I totally agree that if MacKay is found guilty then so should be Scudamore.

    I read recently that the FA were trying to manoeuvre their comments around Dykes’ findings, however, I think that will prove very difficult. The only way out for them would be to find as Dyke did for Scudamore, draw a line under it and put it down to part of the learning curve then make the necessary changes to their policies. Anything less will appear as double standards and will open them to the same trust currently being enjoyed by FIFA and the world cup allegations.[/quote]

    The only slight difference between the two is that Mackay used a Cardiff City mobile phone account to send/receive his texts, whereas Scudamore’s were sent/received using a personal email address.

    Same horse, different jockey if you ask me, but I’m sure some £500 an hour lawyer will be able to twist it in the FA’s favour should they wish to.

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    filmossfilmoss
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    BBC eh! Well we all know what goes on behind closed doors there don’t we! Might get shot in the back of the head on my doorstep for that one!

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    The EggThe Egg
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    I was hoping someone from the Beeb would ask me my thoughts on Malky Mackay and Dave Whelan so I could respond with “Well what do you think about Jimmy Saville and Rolf Harris?”

    Glass houses and all that.

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    The only slight difference between the two is that Mackay used a Cardiff City mobile phone account to send/receive his texts, whereas Scudamore’s were sent/received using a personal email address.

    Same horse, different jockey if you ask me, but I’m sure some £500 an hour lawyer will be able to twist it in the FA’s favour should they wish to.

    Yep the overpaid leech that would represent in court could probably twist and turn it, but so could a leech representing our club.

    I have thought of that and wondered where does the line start and stop. If I were to have a private conversation in my office with a mate of mine, or I wrote a joke on a piece of headed paper for my own uses after (as an aide memoire for example) could the institution still claim intellectual rights over their air space or paper supply.

    In my opinion the medium used is irrelevant, the content of the correspondence was private, it should have remained so and the same should be found as it was for Scudamore.

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