Dave Whelan quits as Wigan chairman
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Dave Whelan quits as Wigan chairman

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

Wigan have announced that Dave Whelan has resigned as the club’s chairman, with his 23-year-old grandson David Sharpe replacing him in the role.

Whelan was banned from football-related activity for six weeks and fined £50,000 in December after making racist comments about Jewish and Chinese people –  including him saying “Jewish people chase money more than everybody else” –  and was ordered to attend an education programme run by the Football Association. While he accepted the FA charge, he denied the remarks he made were racist.

The 78-year-old, who bought the club 20 years ago, will continue to own the club but will no longer have a hands-on role. In a statement on the club’s official website, he said: “The time has now come to hand over the reins. I am approaching 80-years-old and spend an increasingly long time abroad, and cannot make it to games. It is a decision I have been mulling over for some years and I believe David is now ready.”

 

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