Dave Whelan Expected To Step Down As Wigan Athletic Chairman

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Whelan faces FA charge after recent comments.

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan is expected to step down as chairman of the club after accusations of racist comments made in recent interviews with the media, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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The Latics chief has appealed a decision by the FA over some of his controversial comments, but is unlikely to be successful after unmistakable use of racist and anti-semitic language to the press.

Wigan recently caused controversy by appointing Malky Mackay as their new manager after similar allegations against him, but Whelan has landed himself in hot water after attempting to defend the Scot.

Whelan is quoted as saying that Jewish people “chase money” and that it is acceptable to refer to Chinese people as “chinks”, and has previously vowed to step down if he is found guilty, despite repeatedly protesting his innocence.

The 78-year-old took over Wigan in 1995 and has helped the club to a highly successful period, including a long stay in the Premier League before their relegation in 2013, as well as a shock FA Cup victory that same year.

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