FA charge Wigan boss over claim: ‘Jews don’t like losing money’
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FA charge Wigan boss over claim: ‘Jews don’t like losing money’

Lesson learned? Wigan chairman Dave Whelan
Lesson learned? Wigan chairman Dave Whelan
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has been charged by the Football Association over anti-Semitic remarks he allegedly made in response to criticism of the decision to appoint Malky Mackay as manager.

The 77-year-old publicly apologised for comments attributed to him in the Guardian and strongly denied making any racist jibes, while also suggesting he was misquoted.

However, an FA statement read: “It is alleged the Wigan Athletic chairman breached FA Rule E3[1] 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[2] as it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief.”

Mackay is under investigation by the Football Association for alleged racism and anti-Semitism over his email and text conversations with staff members while in charge of Cardiff City.

In one, Mackay describes the club’s Malaysian owner as a “chink” and in another he refers to the Jewish football agent, Phil Smith, saying: “Nothing like a Jew that sees money slipping through his fingers.”

Whelan, the multi-millionaire former owner of JJB Sports, said he didn’t think that was offensive because Mackay was only reflecting that Jewish people “love money” like everybody does.

He added: “The Jews don’t like losing money. Nobody likes losing money.” Asked whether this was offensive, because the claim that Jews “love money” has been used as a negative stereotype, Whelan said: “Do you think Jewish people chase money a little bit more than we do? I think they are very shrewd people.”

Asked whether he really believed that, Whelan added: “I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else. I don’t think that’s offensive at all.”

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