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Wigan chief Whelan hit with a ban following racism row

By Martyn Ziegler

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has been banned from football-related activities for six weeks over comments he made regarding Jewish and Chinese people, the Football Association has announced.

Whelan accepted an aggravated misconduct charge and the 78-year-old has also been fined £50,000, warned as to his future conduct and ordered to undertake a mandatory education programme.

The Wigan chairman has seven days in which to appeal or accept the sanction, which would be suspended until after the outcome of any appeal or would begin immediately if he decides to accept the punishment.

The Wigan chairman made the remarks in a newspaper interview defending his decision to appoint Malky Mackay as the club's new manager. Mackay is the subject of an investigation into alleged racist and anti-Semitic texts sent while he was in charge of Cardiff.

Whelan told The Guardian it was "nothing'' to call a Chinese person a "c***k'' and stated: "Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else.''

Wigan issued a statement saying that according to the full findings of the case - which have yet to be made public by the FA - the commission was satisfied that Whelan "is not a racist".

A statement from the club said: "Wigan Athletic can confirm the findings of an independent regulatory commission following statements made by chairman Dave Whelan in the Guardian newspaper on November 20.

"In summary, the FA commission concluded: 'We are satisfied on the evidence before us that Mr Whelan is not a racist. We are equally satisfied that Mr Whelan did not intend to cause any offence. It is clear that he himself is very upset and he moved quickly to apologise publicly, plead guilty and begin to make amends'."

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