12/15/2014 09:18 EST | Updated 02/14/2015 05:59 EST

Wigan chairman Whelan accepts FA misconduct charge over comments about Jewish, Chinese people

LONDON - The English Football Association says Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has accepted a misconduct charge over inflammatory comments about Jewish and Chinese people.

Whelan accepts a non-personal hearing by an FA regulatory commission will determine the sanction.

There is no minimum sanction for the offence, unlike on-field discriminatory incidents which see players banned for at least five games.

Whelan's comments were made in a newspaper interview last month while defending his decision to hire Malky Mackay as the second-tier club's manager. Mackay is still under FA investigation for sending racist and anti-Semitic text messages.