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Wigan owner to resign if not cleared of racism rap

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan says he will resign if the English FA find him guilty of racism over comments he made defending the appointment of controversial manager Malky Mackay.

Whelan (below), who also owns the Championship (second-tier) club, was accused of anti-Semitism and condoning racism when speaking to a British newspaper last week.

He later apologised for causing offence and said he had been misquoted as using the word "chink" to describe a Chinese person and saying that "Jewish people chase money more than everybody else".

The English FA issued a statement saying it was "very concerned" about the remarks and had written to Whelan, giving him three days to respond before deciding what action to take.

The 77-year-old now says he will quit if he is charged with racism.

"Should they even suggest I'm guilty I would immediately resign," Whelan said. "I'm absolutely anti-racist, always have been, always will be".

The Wigan chairman was speaking to the newspaper to defend his appointment of former Cardiff City boss Mackay, who is under English FA investigation for sending allegedly sexist, racist and homophobic texts when in charge at the Welsh club.

It is Mackay's first job since leaving Cardiff under a cloud last year following a falling-out with club owner Vincent Tan.

Malaysian businessman Tan has labelled both Whelan and Mackay as racists following the Wigan owner's remarks, and said the club would regret hiring the manager.