Dave Whelan apologises for alleged racist and anti-Semitic comments

Wigan have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week (©GettyImages)

Wigan owner Dave Whelan has been forced to apologise for comments made about Jewish and Chinese people this week.

In an interview with the Guardian, Whelan said: “Jewish people chase money more than everybody else.” And also claimed “There is nothing bad” about calling a Chinese person a ‘chink.’

The Latics owner had been defending the appointment of Malky Mackay as the club’s new manager. Mackay is still under investigation by the FA for his alleged involvement in sending and receiving texts with racist and anti-Semitic content during his time at Cardiff.

Apology

Whelan told Sky Sports: “I would never upset a Jewish person, I hold them in the highest regard. I have loads of Jewish friends. If anyone takes offence to what I've said, please accept my apologies.

“The Chinese community, again, I have got loads of Chinese friends. I would never, ever insult the Chinese. I know Malky Mackay insulted them.”

The ex-Blackburn player has been at Wigan since 1995 and Whelan could now face an FA probe into the controversial comments.

Kick it out

The anti-racism group Kick it Out think Whelan’s remarks ‘have to be investigated by the FA.’

In a statement the group said: “He has brought into question whether he is a fit and proper person who should be running a professional football club.

“These comments must not go unchallenged and have to be investigated by the FA.”

Wigan have already lost two main sponsors following Mackay’s appointment and Whelan’s comments look set to further hinder the club.

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