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Dave Whelan steps down as Wigan chairman

Dave Whelan has resigned as chairman of Wigan Athletic and appointed his 23-year-old grandson, David Sharpe, as his successor.

Whelan has stepped down as Wigan chairman. Credit: PA

Whelan steps down after 20 years with the club nine points adrift from safety in the Championship and facing up to relegation into England's third tier.

In December 2014, he was banned for six weeks by the FA and fined £50,000 for racist comments he made about Jewish and Chinese people.

A club statement confirmed:

Mr Whelan’s grandson David Sharpe will be formally elected as new Chairman of Wigan Athletic by the Board of Directors at a date to be confirmed soon, and will be assisted in the running of the club by Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson.

– Wigan club statement

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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.’"

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Dave Whelan gives FA his thoughts on 'racist' comments

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has met a deadline to give the Football Association his "observations" on his recent comments that were accused of being racist and anti-Semitic.

The 78-year-old had until 6pm this evening to offer his thoughts in a document to English football's governing body.

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has pledged to resign if found guilty of racism by the Football Association. Credit: Barrington Coombs/PA Wire

Mr Whelan apologised for any offence caused by his comments in a newspaper interview.

Since learning he is being investigated by the FA, he has threatened to resign his position if found guilty of making racist remarks.

The FA said it will now "consider" his observations as part of the ongoing investigation.

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
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