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'Racist' Whelan feels backlash; FOOTBALL.

Byline: Martyn Ziegler

WIGAN owner Dave Whelan has found himself embroiled in controversy after being labelled "a racist" by Cardiff chairman Vincent Tan and facing the prospect of a lengthy Football Association ban.

Whelan's comments about Jewish people, made in a newspaper interview where he was defending his decision to hire former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay, have reverberated throughout football and beyond.

Mackay was hired despite being under investigation for allegedly sending racist and anti-semitic texts and Whelan responded to criticism by telling paper: "I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else."

Malaysian businessman Tan, who sacked Mackay in December, reacted angrily to the latest development, saying: "This is a racist chairman hiring a racist manager."

The FA has said its investigation into Whelan's comments will be treated "as a priority". It has written to the 77-year-old giving him three days to respond.

Whelan is facing the prospect of a ban after he also said he did not view the word "chink" as offensive.

Whelan later apologised for any offence caused and denied being racist, but Tan said: "I think he insulted the dignity of all Jewish people. I think he insulted the dignity of Chinese."

Wigan said the club would not comment in response to Tan's remarks, but both Whelan and Mackay have denied being racist.

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Date:Nov 22, 2014
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