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Wigan owner Whelan banned and fined

Posted by Warren Fyfe on December 31, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

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Wigan owner Dave Whelan has been given a £50,000 fine and six-week ban from all football-related activity for his comments about Jewish and Chinese people.

Last month, Whelan

accepted a charge

but denied making racist remarks.

The 78-year-old had requested a non-personal hearing from the Football Association who gave the punishment.

However, the FA Disciplinary Commission said it was “satisfied” that Whelan “is not a racist” and did not intend to cause offence by his comments.

Whelan, who has seven days in which to appeal, must also complete a programme of education provided by the FA.

He has said he was misquoted in an interview with the Guardian last month, during which he used the term “chink”. The Guardian also reports that the businessman said: “Jewish people chase money more than everybody else.”

Whelan subsequently

apologised for any offence caused

by his comments, in which he was defending the appointment of Malky Mackay as the club’s new manager.

Mackay is currently

under investigation

by the FA regarding allegations the Wigan boss sent “sexist, racist and homophobic” text messages during his time in charge at Cardiff.

Earlier this month, the FA ruled Whelan’s comments constituted an aggravated breach of rule E3[1] in that his comments were “abusive and/or insulting and/or constitute improper conduct and/or bring the game into disrepute”.

The governing body also looked into other comments made by Whelan about Chinese people in a December

interview with the Jewish Telegraph.

The FA Commission said in a statement: “We are satisfied on the evidence before us that Mr Whelan is not a racist.

“We are equally satisfied on the evidence before us that Mr Whelan did not intend to cause any offence by his comments.”

But the commission added that it had to “view the comments objectively and Mr Whelan’s subjective intentions were irrelevant as far the ruling was concerned”.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/30643217

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