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Millwall beat Wigan in crucial relegation clash

Jimmy Abdou scored the opener. Credit: PA

Millwall grabbed at their possible relegation lifeline by beating Wigan 2-0 in a dramatic win-or-bust encounter.

Goals from Jimmy Abdou and Magaye Gueye settled a bad-tempered clash which looks certain to spell the end of Wigan's stay in the Sky Bet Championship.

Both sides learned on Monday that Rotherham, the team directly above them just outside the drop zone, could face a three-point penalty for fielding an ineligible player.


Four Premier League clubs fight to sign McManaman

McManaman is a wanted man. Credit: PA

West Brom face a fight from three other Premier League clubs to sign winger Callum McManaman from Wigan.

Latics boss Malky Mackay confirmed the Championship club had turned down the Baggies' second offer for McManaman, 23, this week but they are not the only top-flight club showing interest in the ex-Everton trainee.

Mackay admitted there were four Premier League clubs keepings tabs on McManaman, who is expected to be in Wigan's squad to face Huddersfield on Saturday after serving a three-match suspension.

Hull are one of the quartet of clubs as Mackay confirmed they have made 'an enquiry'. It's unsure who the two other clubs are.

Wigan have also reached an agreement with MLS side Chicago Fire to send Scotland international Maloney to the United States, while Ben Watson has joined fellow Championship club Watford until the end of the season.

Dave Whelan banned from football for six weeks

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has been banned from football-related activities for six weeks over comments he made regarding Jewish and Chinese people, the Football Association has announced.

Dave Whelan said recently he would resign as Wigan chairman if he was charged by the FA. Credit: Press Association

Whelan accepted an aggravated misconduct charge and the 78-year-old has also been fined £50,000, warned as to his future conduct and ordered to undertake a mandatory education programme.

The Wigan chairman has seven days in which to appeal or accept the sanction, which would be suspended until after the outcome of any appeal or would begin immediately if he decides to accept the punishment.

The Wigan chairman made the remarks in a newspaper interview defending his decision to appoint Malky Mackay as the club's new manager. Mackay is the subject of an investigation into alleged racist and anti-Semitic texts sent while he was in charge of Cardiff.


James McArthur 'devastated' after FA Cup medal stolen

James McArthur with the FA Cup after Wigan's win last year. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Footballer James McArthur says he is "devastated" after burglars stole his FA Cup winners' medal during a break-in at his home.

The Wigan Athletic midfielder's home was raided at some point between 20 and 26 May, Greater Manchester Police said. Thieves also took two wedding rings during the raid, police said.

McArthur said: “I am due to get married in the near future and this is an awful thing to happen to us before the wedding. If anybody has any information as to where my property is and can help the police return it to me, I would be very grateful"

Detective Constable Kevin Telford added: “It is unlikely the offenders will keep hold of the medal and may try to sell it on.

"Obviously, it is unusual for such an item to come on the market so I would ask anyone who is offered the medal or who has any information as to where the items are, to contact police.”

Goalkeeper Fabianski 'hero' of penalty shoot-out

Stand-in goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was the hero of the Wigan v Arsenal match tonight as his two saves in a penalty shoot-out helped the Gunners beat holders Wigan at Wembley to reach their first FA Cup final since 2005.

Arsenal's goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is mobbed by his team-mates after winning the penalty-spot Credit: PA

Following a bright start by Arsenal, it was Wigan who went ahead through a penalty from Jordi Gomez just after the hour.

However, Arsenal made it 1-1 with seven minutes left through Per Mertesacker, whose foul had given away the spot-kick.

After Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had hit the crossbar in extra-time, it was down to penalties.

Fabianski - standing in again for regular number one Wojciech Szczesny - produced fine saves from Gary Caldwell and Jack Collison, before Santi Cazorla rolled in the winning penalty to secure a 4-2 shoot-out success.

Wigan council boss 'sorry' for holiday boasts

Wigan council boss Terry Dunn "meant no harm" when he emailed staff about future job losses but went on to describe how he was looking forward to his holidays.

Wigan council released a statement defending the email, saying Mr Dunn enjoyed a close relationship with many of the recipients at risk of losing their job. A spokesman said:

Terry Dunn has been employed by Wigan Council since he was taken on as an apprentice and has worked at virtually every level of the organisation. He has known many of our staff for 20 years.

These are tough times in local government. We're trying to communicate with employees as best we can while we go through difficult changes.

Employees have asked to learn more about senior managers so following that request they've been including personal details about themselves informally in emails. Since this began several months ago, the response from staff has been very positive.

Terry meant no harm and is sorry if he's caused offence on this occasion. He has an excellent record of handling staffing issues seriously and sensitively.

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