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Wigan owner in fresh controversy

December 5, 2014

WIGAN, England (AP) — Already under investigation for alleged racist and anti-Semitic comments, the owner of English soccer club Wigan could be in more trouble for making fresh controversial remarks about Chinese people.

Dave Whelan said in an interview with the Jewish Telegraph newspaper that when he was growing up, he used a derogatory word to describe Chinese people.

Whelan says “the Chinese weren’t offended by that.”

Last month, Whelan made inflammatory comments about Jewish and Chinese people in an interview with The Guardian newspaper while defending his decision to hire Malky Mackay as the second-tier club’s manager. Mackay is under investigation for sending racist and anti-Semitic text messages.

The English Football Association charged Whelan with misconduct for those initial remarks. Whelan has been given until Dec. 12 to respond to the charge.