Following his comments to the media last week, Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has been charged by the FA.
Whelan, 77, has been charged with “abusive and/or insulting conduct” as well as a charge of improper conduct and bringing the game into disrepute.
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Following his controversial hiring of much-maligned manager Malky Mackay last week — Mackay is also embroiled in a current homophobic, racism and sexism scandal after allegations of text messages sent during his last job — Wigan’s owner and chairman had the following to say about Jewish people when asked about one of Mackay’s alleged messages.
“I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else. I don’t think that’s offensive at all.”
And the Wigan chairman also had the following to say about Chinese people.
“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.”
In a statement on their website the English Football Association had the following to say regarding the charges against Whelan.
The FA has charged Dave Whelan in relation to media comments.
It is alleged the Wigan Athletic chairman breached FA Rule E3 in that his comments were abusive and/or insulting and/or constitute improper conduct and/or bring the game into disrepute.
It is further alleged that this is an ‘Aggravated Breach’ as defined by FA Rule E3 as it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief.
Mr Whelan has until 6pm on 5 December 2014 to respond to the charge.