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Wigan Athletic fire Malky Mackay less than five months his appointment

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Malky Mackay has gone from the Wigan Athletic bench nearly as quickly as he arrived surrounded by a series of serious allegations of racist, homophobic and sexist text messages sent by the 43-year-old Scottish manager.

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Mackay was fired by Wigan after Monday’s 2-0 loss to Derby, less than five months after being hired to replace the outgoing Uwe Rosler, with new club chairman David Sharpe saying, “for the long term future of the club, there needs to be a change now.”

Sharpe did not confirm whether or not the decision to remove Mackay was down to the team’s performance under his management, or due to what the English Football Association last month called, “significant new information” relating to a dossier of alleged racist and anti-Semitic text exchanges by Mackay with a colleague while managing Cardiff.

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Under Mackay’s watch, Wigan endured a 5-16-4 (W-L-D) in all competitions, so it’s quite feasible that Mackay’s dismissal had more to do with on-field shortcomings than the fact that Dave Whelan, the man that hired Mackay and defended doing so with a series of racially-motivated comments of his own, stepped down as club chairman last month.

Wigan currently find themselves in 23rd place in the Championship, eight points clear of safety.

FA delays Mackay racism decision as Cardiff board boycotts Wigan trip

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The FA released a statement today saying it has delayed a decision on the Malky Mackay and Iain Moody case due to “significant new information.”

Reports say FA officials had been hopeful of resolving the case this week, but now it could be extended into the latter parts of the season. There is no information on what the new evidence or materials may be.

The statement read, “Due to the emergence of significant new information The FA is currently not in a position to conclude its ongoing inquiries into the allegations relating to Malky Mackay and Iain Moody.”

Mackay and Moody are under investigation by the FA for having exchanged racist and distasteful text messages about players while at Cardiff City back in August. Both left the club soon after, and Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan brought the case to the FA. The timing of the case likely cost Mackay a shot at the Crystal Palace managerial position, which he was reportedly in the running for.

However, Tan has been displeased with the FA’s handling of the case, particularly with how long it’s taken. As a showing of solidarity, the Cardiff board decided to boycott the club’s trip to Wigan on February 24, a game which Cardiff won 1-0. The board was not asked by Tan to do so, according to reports, but did so on its own as a show of support for the club owner.

Wigan recently hired Mackay to try and pull them off the bottom of the Championship table, but instead all it’s done so far is spark another racism spat where Wigan owner and then-chairman Dave Whelan tried to defend Mackay’s actions, only serving to pull himself into the mess. Whelan this morning resigned as chairman, but says he will not sell the club.

Wigan owner Dave Whelan apologizes for antisemitic comments, offends Chinese with new racial slur

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Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan has made an attempt to apologize to the Jewish community over comments he made last month, and in doing so sparked another racially-charged fracas.

Whelan gave a lengthy interview to the Jewish Telegraph in that began as an effort to explain and make amends for comments he made to defend his hiring of similarly-accused Malky Mackay as Wigan’s new manager. It ended, instead, with the 78-year-old using an insensitive term, “chingalings,” to describe the UK’s Chinese community.

In his attempted apology, Whelan, said: “When I was growing up we used to call the Chinese ‘chingalings’. We weren’t being disrespected [sic]. We used to say: ‘We’re going to eat in chingalings.’ The Chinese weren’t offended by that. That was the name everyone in Wigan called it [the first Chinese cafe in Wigan].”

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The British Chinese Project, a voluntary organization that highlights the presence of the Chinese community in Britain, has since released a statement regarding Whelan’s comments, accusing the 1950s and 60s footballer of possessing “dangerous levels of ignorance.”

“Once again, Mr. Whelan, rather distressingly, believes he can speak on behalf of Chinese people. His comments are extremely unhelpful in our fight to end discrimination and racism against Chinese people in the UK. Once more, he is using a public platform to tell a wide audience what Chinese people find offensive.

“Contrary to what Mr Whelan may believe, the vast majority of our community deem the terms ‘chink’ and ‘chingaling’ highly offensive. For many in the Chinese community these words hold deep emotional resonance, as they are often used in conjunction with racial violence, harassment and hate crimes.

“Therefore, to say that ‘there is nothing wrong’ with using such terms or that Chinese people ‘aren’t offended’ by their use, demonstrates a dangerous level of ignorance.”

Whelan was charged by the FA last month for his first set of offensive remarks, when he said, “I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else. I don’t think that’s offensive at all.”

Wigan Athletic shirt sponsor cuts ties with club, calls Mackay’s remarks ‘untenable’

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Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan has recently been denounced for anti-Semitic remarks made to defend supposed sexist, racist, and homophobic text messages sent by newly-appointed manger Malkay Mackay during his time at Cardiff City.

Joe Prince-Wright has that scoop here.

Whelan’s comments came to surface today, after Mackay’s reputation had taken enough an obvious hit, prompting club shirt sponsors Premier Range to sever connections with the Sky Bet Championship team. Their sponsorship agreement was finalized mere months ago in July.

“It is with great sorrow that we have to announce we are breaking our ties with Wigan Athletic FC,” a company statement read.

“We thought that it was natural for us move onto another local team with Wigan and we decided to sponsor their shirts. Unfortunately, their recent appointment of Malky Mackay has put us in a position that we find untenable.”

“A team that would employ a man who expresses views such these is not the kind of team Premier Range wish to deal with.”

Kick It Out, the anti-dsicirmaintion organization of English’s football, has openly reprimanded Mackay’s hiring, and will likely demand apologies from both head coach and owner.

Wigan owner Dave Whelan accused of anti-Semitic remarks

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After hiring under-fire manager Malky Mackay on Wednesday, Wigan Athletic’s owner Dave Whelan now finds himself at the center of an anti-Semitic storm following his own comments to the British press.

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Whelan, Wigan’s long-standing owner, was heavily criticized for hiring Mackay as the Latics’ new boss while the manager is still embroiled in an ongoing FA investigation into alleged racist, sexist and homophobic messages he is said to have sent during his time in charge of Cardiff City.

But Whelan, 77, has stood by Mackay following the damaging allegations and offered him a job just three months after the scandal broke.

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Following an interview with the Guardian newspaper of the UK on Thursday, Whelan will now have to answer plenty of questions about his own comments when asked about Mackay’s previous behavior.

Read the excerpt below from the Guardian, as Whelan’s comments are downright disgusting and have no place in the soccer world or anywhere else.

Asked whether he did not think what Mackay said was offensive, because the claim that Jews “love money” has been used as a negative stereotype, Whelan said: “Do you think Jewish people chase money a little bit more than we do? I think they are very shrewd people.” Asked if he himself believed that, Whelan, the multimillionaire former owner of JJB Sports, said: “I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else. I don’t think that’s offensive at all.”

Whelan said he did not think there was “a lot wrong” with anything Mackay said, and there was no malice or disrespect… He added: “It’s telling the truth. Jewish people love money, English people love money; we all love money.”

Whelan was then asked if Mackay’s comments referring to Cardiff’s owner Vincent Tan as a “chink” were offensive. This was his reply.

“If any Englishman said he has never called a Chinaman a chink he is lying,” Whelan said. “There is nothing bad about doing that. It is like calling the British Brits, or the Irish paddies.”

What in the world is going on at Wigan?

That small family club from the north west of England, who captured the hearts of soccer fans around the world when they won the FA Cup against all the odds back in 2012, have gone down the pan. Whelan should have never hired Mackay as their new manager in the first place. At the very least he should have waited for the FA’s investigation to have finished. Even then, many believe that Mackay should have been forced to wait for quite some time for his next managerial position in soccer.

I am of that opinion too. Whelan has made some poor decisions over the past few days to first hire Mackay, then back him 100 percent and also incorrectly state that nothing will come of the investigation against his new manager. And finally, this entire sorry affair has culminated in Whelan throwing himself under the bus with anti-Semitic and racist remarks of his own.