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Redknapp leaps to the defence of Scotsman

Harry Redknapp stood alone in launching an impassioned and bizarre defence of Malky Mackay over the racist text storm engulfing the former Cardiff manager.

While the majority of Redknapp's fellow Barclays Premier League bosses chose not to comment on the increasingly controversial affair, the QPR chief seized the opportunity to speak out.

Redknapp said: "I'm not condoning what he has done but show me someone who has never 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."

The Football Association is investigating a dossier sent to it by Cardiff in which it is alleged Mackay and the club's former head of recruitment Iain Moody exchanged a series of offensive messages.

Moody resigned from his role as sporting director at Crystal Palace while Scotsman Mackay's proposed move to become manager of the same club collapsed when the allegations came to light.

Redknapp added: "People get second chances in life who have committed bad crimes – he has made a mistake but we aren't going to hang him for it are we?

"Hopefully he will learn from what he has done but everyone tweets and texts. I don't send text messages, but I do receive them with sick jokes. I don't read them, they make me ill.

"He is a good person underneath all that and I hope he comes back, I can't feel how he must be suffering for the big mistake he has made."

Redknapp's comments drew scorn from anti-discrimination campaign group Kick It Out, whose education and development manager Troy Townsend said: "What he has said has no benefit at all. I don't know what is in Harry's head when he is saying that."

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