The League Managers Assocation has apologised for defending Malky Mackay's alleged racist, sexist and homophobic text messages as "banter".
The former Cardiff City manager as well as ex-Bluebirds colleague Iain Moody were reported to the Football Association by their former employers for explosive text messages the pair exchanged.
But an apology issued by the LMA backfired spectaculary yesterday when it dismissed the messages as "banter".
Now, after a groundswell of condemnation from ex-footballers and charities, the LMA has released a second statement apologising for its first effort.
Second statement in full
The LMA apologises for some of its wording, in its release yesterday, which was inappropriate and has been perceived to trivialise matters of a racist, sexist or homophobic nature. That was certainly not our intention.
It is beyond argument that any comments that are discriminatory, even used in private, are totally unacceptable. The LMA remains absolutely aware of our responsibility to the game and to promote and uphold the highest standards of behaviour.
The LMA will not be commenting further on the allegations relating to Malky Mackay whilst The FA conducts its investigation, other than to repeat that both the LMA and Malky will be cooperating fully.
We will continue to work with all of the game's stakeholders to address the important issues of respect and discriminatory behaviour in all its forms.
The original LMA statement said: ""These were two text messages sent in private at a time Malky felt under great pressure and when he was letting off steam to a friend during some friendly text message banter."
"Malky finds it strange that these matters were only raised with the FA and in the media now, 8 months after his employment ended and the day before he was reported as being offered the opportunity to become manager of Crystal Palace FC," it continued.
What Mackay allegedly texted:
"I hope she's looking after your needs. I bet you'd love a bounce on her falsies." About female football agent Carly Barnes
"He's a snake, a gay snake. Not to be trusted." Referring to an official at another club.
"Not many white faces amongst that lot but worth considering." Referring to a list of potential signings.
"Go on, fat Phil. Nothing like a Jew that sees money slipping through his fingers." On football agent Phil Smith.