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Dave Whelan resigns as Wigan chairman and names grandson as successor

• Wigan chairman stands down shortly after serving ban for racist comments
• David Sharpe to replace Whelan, whose family retain stake in club
Cardiff board boycott Wigan trip in protest at Whelan and Mackay rows

Dave Whelan has resigned as the chairman of Wigan Athletic after 20 years in charge with his 23-year-old grandson David Sharpe set to replace him.

Whelan’s departure was announced in a statement on the Championship club’s website on Tuesday morning and comes shortly after he had served a six-week ban from football for racist comments made in an interview with the Guardian.

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Cardiff board to boycott Wigan trip in protest of Whelan and Mackay rows

• Cardiff board in show of solidarity to owner Vincent Tan
• Dave Whelan accused of antisemitism in new controversy
• Whelan banned for six weeks over comments in Guardian in interview

Cardiff’s entire board will boycott Tuesday’s Championship game at Wigan in protest following racism rows involving Dave Whelan and Malky Mackay.

The boardroom boycott is a show of sympathy for the Cardiff owner, Vincent Tan, who reportedly remains upset over the Football Association’s handling of racism investigations into the Wigan owner, Whelan, and the former Bluebirds manager Mackay.

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It’s high time Blatter’s gang recognised football’s rotten core

Football’s racist shame must be acknowledged before it can be tackled, writes Marina Hyde.

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It’s high time Sepp Blatter’s gang recognised football’s rotten core

Football’s racist shame must be acknowledged before it can be tackled as the beautiful game suffers another appalling week in the spotlight
Chelsea fans prevent black man boarding Paris metro train

Fears that Italian football might be losing its racist identity have been allayed by the intervention of former Azzurri coach Arrigo Sacchi, who makes an important intervention on the changing face of football in his country.

“I’m certainly not racist,” he began promisingly. “But look at the Viareggio [youth] tournament – I would say that there are too many black players. Italy has no dignity, no pride.”

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Dave Whelan’s FA diversity course is specially tailored to Wigan owner

The FA’s equality department will conduct the one-to-two-hour session in the next few weeks as part of Whelan’s sanction for racist and antisemitic remarks
• Wigan’s owner accused of antisemitism
• Chairman banned for six weeks for comments

The equality education course Dave Whelan must undertake as part of his sanction for racist and antisemitic remarks made in an interview with the Guardian will be a personalised, one-to-one course delivered by the Football Association itself.

The Wigan Athletic owner, 78 and currently serving a six-week ban from football which means he cannot attend matches at his own DW stadium, will have a one-to-two-hour session in the next few weeks, structured and delivered personally by Chris Gibbons, the FA’s inclusion education adviser.

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FA rejects Dave Whelan’s claim he was misquoted about Jewish people

• Commission which banned Wigan chairman said article was accurate
• Whelan spoke to the Guardian soon after appointing Malky Mackay

The Football Association regulatory commission which handed Dave Whelan a six-week ban from football for his racist remarks has revealed in its written reason why it rejected the Wigan Athletic owner’s claim that the Guardian had misquoted him.

Although he pleaded guilty to the charge of misconduct, aggravated by his references to race, religion or ethnic origin, Whelan claimed he had not said in his interview on 20 November that: “I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else. I don’t think that’s offensive at all.”

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FA rejects Dave Whelan’s claim he was misquoted about Jewish people

• Commission which banned Wigan chairman said article was accurate
• Whelan spoke to the Guardian soon after appointing Malky Mackay

The Football Association regulatory commission which handed Dave Whelan a six-week ban from football for his racist remarks has revealed in its written reason why it rejected the Wigan Athletic owner’s claim that the Guardian had misquoted him.

Although he pleaded guilty to the charge of misconduct, aggravated by his references to race, religion or ethnic origin, Whelan claimed he had not said in his interview on 20 November that: “I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else. I don’t think that’s offensive at all.”

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Dave Whelan banned by FA for six weeks over comments in Guardian interview

• Said Jewish people ‘chase money more than everybody else’
• Wigan chairman has seven days in which to appeal
• Daniel Taylor: sanction may be unenforceable by FA
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Dave Whelan ruling adds to growing FA farce

Wigan chairman is banned for six weeks and fined £50,000 but simultaneously given benefit of doubt on racism charge
• Dave Whelan banned by FA for six weeks over Guardian interview

Heard the one about the Englishman (two of them, in fact), the South American and the Frenchman? No, it is not a joke and there is no punchline but, equally, you will recognise what they have in common and what is becoming a recurring theme of these disciplinary hearings involving the Football Association’s independent commissions.

Dave Whelan is just the latest, following John Terry, Luis Suárez and Nicolas Anelka, in facing what the FA describes as an “aggravated” offence, leading to them being banned and disgraced and yet, simultaneously, given the benefit of the doubt. Each time the FA has been at pains to point out it does not consider the offender is actually racist, and one of these days perhaps it could explain what level of behaviour does constitute that tag if “fucking black cunt” does not do it for Terry, or the aggressive Spanish use of “negro” in the case of Suárez, or Anelka’s quenelle and now Dave Whelan with a line of embarrassing blather and old stereotypes that would not have looked out of place with Jim Davidson’s Chalky White routine.

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Dave Whelan ruling looks like a joke but is serious matter for Wigan owner

The 78-year-old has been shamed forever by a sanction which ultimately may be unenforceable by the FA
Dave Whelan banned by FA for six weeks after Guardian interview

Heard the one about the Englishman (two of them, in fact), the South American and the Frenchman? No, it is not a joke and there is no punchline but, equally, you will recognise what they have in common and what is becoming a recurring theme of these disciplinary hearings involving the Football Association’s independent commissions.

Dave Whelan is just the latest, following John Terry, Luis Suárez and Nicolas Anelka, in facing what the FA describes as an “aggravated” offence, leading to them being banned and disgraced and yet, simultaneously, given the benefit of the doubt. Each time the FA has been at pains to point out it does not consider the offender is actually racist, and one of these days perhaps it could explain what level of behaviour does constitute that tag if “fucking black cunt” does not do it for Terry, or the aggressive Spanish use of “negro” in the case of Suárez, or Anelka’s quenelle and now Dave Whelan with a line of embarrassing blather and old stereotypes that would not have looked out of place with Jim Davidson’s Chalky White routine.

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Dave Whelan banned by FA for six weeks over comments in Guardian interview

• Said Jewish people ‘chase money more than everybody else’
• Wigan chairman has seven days in which to appeal
• Dave Whelan accused of antisemitism
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The alternative 2014 sports awards: the year’s best gaffes, rows and grasshoppers

Forget the title triumphs and golden goals – 2014 was the year a baboon chased Luke Donald, Barack Obama was mistaken for Chris Smalling, and Felix Magath wowed Fulham with his cheese

… in a special 12 months for Fifa.com: a report on Sepp Blatter’s keynote speech at Fifa’s Congress in June – an address listened to by 750 Fifa delegates all wearing free luxury watches: “Football as a catalyst for social change: no football without ethics and integrity”.

Jonathan Pearce at half time today pic.twitter.com/YrcTIe0NwB

Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!! #royalty #sheevensmiled #amazing #Glasgow2014 @Hockeyroos @AusComGames pic.twitter.com/ZMtHYFUqHk

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The alternative 2014 sports awards: the year’s best gaffes, rows and grasshoppers

Forget the title triumphs and golden goals – 2014 was the year a baboon chased Luke Donald, Barack Obama was mistaken for Chris Smalling, and Felix Magath wowed Fulham with his cheese

… in a special 12 months for Fifa.com: a report on Sepp Blatter’s keynote speech at Fifa’s Congress in June – an address listened to by 750 Fifa delegates all wearing free luxury watches: “Football as a catalyst for social change: no football without ethics and integrity”.

Jonathan Pearce at half time today pic.twitter.com/YrcTIe0NwB

Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!! #royalty #sheevensmiled #amazing #Glasgow2014 @Hockeyroos @AusComGames pic.twitter.com/ZMtHYFUqHk

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Wigan owner Dave Whelan requests non-personal hearing for FA charge

• 78-year-old had accepted charge of misconduct over remarks
• Whelan commented about Chinese and Jewish people to the Guardian

The Football Association has confirmed that Wigan owner Dave Whelan has requested a “non-personal” hearing for his charge of misconduct over remarks he made in the media, including to the Guardian, following his appointment of Malky Mackay as Wigan Athletic manager.

The non-personal hearing means he will present his case in document form but not give evidence in person. The FA will convene an independent disciplinary panel, normally three people chaired by a QC, to hear the case.

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Wigan owner Dave Whelan requests non-personal hearing for FA charge

78-year-old had accepted charge of misconduct over remarks
• Whelan commented about Chinese and Jewish people to the Guardian

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Dave Whelan accepts FA misconduct charge over inappropriate comments

• FA confirms it has received response to misconduct charge
Whelan accused of antisemitism after money remarks

Dave Whelan has accepted a Football Association charge of misconduct over remarks he made in the media, including to the Guardian, following his appointment of Malky Mackay as the Wigan Athletic manager. Whelan has accepted the charge but also told the FA he was “misquoted and misrepresented”.

The FA confirmed it had received a response to the charge of aggravated misconduct, aggravated by Whelan’s comments having included references to ethnic origin, race, nationality, religion or belief, but declined to confirm if he had accepted the charge.

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Dave Whelan accepts FA misconduct charge over inappropriate comments

• FA confirms it has received response to misconduct charge
Whelan accused of antisemitism after money remarks

Dave Whelan has accepted a Football Association charge of misconduct over remarks he made in the media, including to the Guardian, following his appointment of Malky Mackay as the Wigan Athletic manager. Whelan has accepted the charge but also told the FA he was “misquoted and misrepresented”.

The FA confirmed it had received a response to the charge of aggravated misconduct, aggravated by Whelan’s comments having included references to ethnic origin, race, nationality, religion or belief, but declined to confirm if he had accepted the charge.

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Dave Whelan accepts FA misconduct charge over inappropriate comments

• FA confirms it has received response to misconduct charge
Whelan accused of antisemitism after money remarks

Dave Whelan has accepted a Football Association charge of misconduct over remarks he made in the media, including to the Guardian, following his appointment of Malky Mackay as the Wigan Athletic manager. Whelan has accepted the charge but also told the FA he was “misquoted and misrepresented”.

The FA confirmed it had received a response to the charge of aggravated misconduct, aggravated by Whelan’s comments having included references to ethnic origin, race, nationality, religion or belief, but declined to confirm if he had accepted the charge.

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Dave Whelan accepts FA misconduct charge over inappropriate comments

• FA confirms it has received response to misconduct charge
Whelan accused of antisemitism after money remarks

Dave Whelan has accepted a Football Association charge of misconduct over remarks he made in the media, including to the Guardian, following his appointment of Malky Mackay as the Wigan Athletic manager. Whelan also told the FA he was “misquoted and misrepresented”.

The FA confirmed it had received a response to the charge of aggravated misconduct, aggravated by Whelan’s comments having included references to ethnic origin, race, nationality, religion or belief.

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Dave Whelan: When I was growing up we used to call the Chinese ‘chingalings’

• Chinese community condemns ‘dangerous level of ignorance’
• Whelan credits ‘two Jewish boys’ for setting him on his way
• Whelan charged by FA over antisemitic comments
• ‘Jewish people chase money more than everybody else’

Dave Whelan has been accused of a “dangerous level of ignorance” after making a reference to “chingalings” during a newspaper interview, intended as an apology to the Jewish community for previous antisemitic remarks.

The Wigan Athletic owner told the Guardian last month that “Jewish people chase money more than everybody else” and defended the use of the word “chink” to describe Chinese people, comments that resulted in a Football Association charge. Whelan apologised for any offence caused but has yet to respond to the governing body.

#Leeds front. DAVE #WHELAN SORRY FOR ANY OFFENCE #WiganAthletic @FaithMattersUK #EPL #Mackay pic.twitter.com/Y4MBizgXGk

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