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Wigan owner charged by English FA over controversial comments about Jewish, Chinese people

11/27/2014 11:36 EST | Updated 01/27/2015 05:59 EST
LONDON - The English Football Association has charged the chairman of Wigan for making controversial comments about Jewish and Chinese people in a newspaper interview.

The FA says that Dave Whelan's remarks "were abusive and/or insulting and/or constitute improper conduct and/or bring the game into disrepute."

The governing body says it is an "aggravated breach" of FA rules because it referred to "ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality."

Whelan made the comments to The Guardian newspaper while defending his decision to hire Malky Mackay as the second-tier club's manager, even though Mackay is under investigation for sending racist and anti-Semitic text messages.

Whelan has apologized and said he will quit his position if found guilty by the FA.

He has until Dec. 5 to respond to the charge.

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