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Whelan 'must be punished for latest remarks'

Wigan owner Dave Whelan must be punished for his latest remarks about Chinese people, a Chinese community leader has told ITV News.

Michael Wilkes believes the FA has to take action against Dave Whelan. Credit: ITV News

"If we let one go then another people will think it's alright," Michael Wilkes, from the British Chinese Project, told ITV News' Ian Payne.

"He set a precedent and he needs to pay the consequences.

"He is the representative of that football club [Wigan Athletic] and the Football Association has to take a very strong stance on this."


FA looking into Whelan comments on Chinese people

The Football Association says it is looking into comments made by Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan about Chinese people.

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan has sparked further controversy in his latest newspaper interview. Credit: PA Wire

In an interview with the Jewish Telegraph, the 78-year-old said he "used to call the Chinese Chingalings".

An FA spokesperson told ITV News: "We aware of these remarks and we are looking into them."

Whelan is already under investigation for comments he made about Jewish and Chinese people when defending the appointment of Malky Mackay as the club's new manager.

Whelan: We used to call the Chinese ‘chingalings’

Whelan has risked further punishment with his latest comment. Credit: PA

Wigan owner Dave Whelan has risked further punishment from the Football Association after admitting he used to call the Chinese "chingalings."

The 78 year-old was granted a one week extension to respond to an existing charge yesterday after suggesting "Jewish people chase money" in an interview last month.

Whelan apologised for those comments through the Jewish Telegraph today, but has risked even greater punishment with his latest controversial remark.

“When I was growing up," he confessed. "We used to call the Chinese ‘chingalings’. We weren’t being disrespected [sic]. We used to say: ‘We’re going to eat in chingalings.’"


Dave Whelan: I will resign if FA find me guilty

Dave Whelan speaking to ITV News earlier. Credit: ITV News

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has told ITV News he will resign if an FA investigation finds him guilty of making racist remarks.

Mr Whelan is under fire for remarks he made defending the club's manager, Malky Mackay which have been criticised as anti-semitic and racist.

If the FA look into my affairs - and they were to find me guilty, which I hope they don't and I don't see anything like that happening because I'm absolutely anti-racist, always have been, always will be - however, if they have any questions I'm willing to answer it and, should they even suggest I'm guilty I would immediately resign from my position as chairman of Wigan Athletic.

– Dave Whelan

Labour: Tories should hand back Dave Whelan donations

Labour have called on the Conservatives to hand back money donated to the party by Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan.

Mr Whelan has apologised over remarks he made that were widely criticised as being racist and anti-semitic.

Backbencher Karl Turner has now written to David Cameron and Tory chairman Grant Shapps about the row.

David Whelan is a significant donor to the Conservative Party, and has donated £1.5million since 2007. His most recent donation of £100,000 was received by the Conservative Party on the 2th August 2014. Given his status as a significant contributor to your re-election efforts you must now make it clear if you personally condone or condemn these comments.

I hope that you agree with me that these anti-Semitic and racist comments have no place in modern British society, and as such I hope that you also agree with me that you must now give up any money that you have received from Mr Whelan and consider which charitable groups would be better recipients of it.

– Karl Turner MP

Vincent Tan calls Wigan owner and manager 'racist'

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has hit out at Wigan owner Dave Whelan and manager Malky Mackay calling them both 'racists'.

The Malaysian businessman was speaking after Whelan gave an interview to the Guardian where he said 'Jews chase money more than anybody else' and said it was acceptable to refer to Chinese person as a 'chink'.

Tan sacked Mackay, who was appointed Wigan manager on Wednesday, as Cardiff boss last year.

It was later revealed that Mackay had exchanged offensive text messages with a former colleague.

Mackay has apologised for his involvement in the texts and denied he had prejudices, saying: "I'm no racist. I'm no sexist. I'm no homophobe. I'm no anti-Semite."

Vincent Tan employed Malky Mackay at Cardiff. Credit: PA

"I think he insulted the dignity of all Jewish people. I think he insulted the dignity of Chinese," Tan told the BBC.

"I'm so disappointed the chairman of Wigan, a big club, is also a racist. This is a racist chairman hiring a racist manager.

"I hope that stops at two racists in Wigan, not snowballing to 2,000 or 20,000 racists in Wigan."

Whelan has since apologised for the comments, saying he did not mean to cause offence.

The Wigan said earlier: "I apologise on my behalf and on behalf of the club. We do not ever want to insult any nation or any person in the world."

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FA: We are investigating Wigan chairman's comments

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan with new manager Malky Mackay. Credit: PA

The Football Association have released a statement in light of comments made by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan:

“We are very concerned to read about the comments that have been attributed to Dave Whelan. We take all forms of discrimination seriously.

“As with all such cases, this will be dealt with as a priority. The investigation is already under way and The FA's Governance Division have written to Mr. Whelan. He has three working days to respond.”

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