Wigan owner Dave Whelan has been accused of anti-Semitism over comments he made to a national newspaper.

It comes the same day a sponsor ended its agreement with the club over the appointment of Malky Mackay as manager.

The Football Association is looking into allegations Mackay sent offensive text messages while Cardiff manager.

Attempting to defend the Scot in an interview with the Guardian,  Whelan reportedly said: "Jewish people chase money more than everybody else."

His comments were described as "offensive" by West Ham co-chairman David Gold.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm struggling to accept it and there it is black and white. It's undeniable."

Gold, who is Jewish, said he had known Whelan for a number of years and had never detected any anti-Semitic sentiments.

He added: "Maybe it's words that have come out that that he will now subsequently regret.

"I'm saddened by the words. I hope that in some way he retracts this because it is damaging relationships between him and many other people."

BBC sports editor Dan Roan

"For many, Wigan owner Dave Whelan's appointment of Malky Mackay - and now his controversial comments in defence of that decision - will provide further evidence that professional football exists in a moral bubble of its own, which all too often appears to be out of touch with modern values.

"Increasingly it's costing football too, with commercial sponsors distancing themselves from Fifa over its handling of allegations of corruption, Sheffield United after the decision to let convicted rapist Ched Evans train, and now Wigan over Mackay.

"In the USA, the National Basketball Association banned Donald Sterling - the owner of the LA Clippers - for life for racist comments.

"It will be fascinating to see how English football deals with Whelan."

Mackay, appointed on Wednesday, and Cardiff's former head of recruitment Iain Moody are under investigation for alleged racism and anti-Semitism over email and text exchanges while in charge at the Welsh club.

Attempting to explain the 42-year-old Scot's appointment by the club, Whelan is reported to have said there was not a lot wrong with the content of his messages.

He is reported in the Guardian as saying: "It's telling the truth. Jewish people love money, English people love money; we all love money."

The newspaper also quoted former FA and Premier League executive Simon Johnson, chief executive at the Jewish Leadership Council, as saying: "Unfortunately Mr Mackay and now Mr Whelan have referred to some of the worst old-fashioned tropes which have been used in the past as the basis of anti-Semitism and stereotyping of Jewish people."

Earlier, kitchen firm Premier Range - which has its logo on the back of the Championship club's shirts as part of a sponsorship deal that began in July - said it had been left in an "untenable" position by Mackay's appointment.

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"Mr Mackay is currently under investigation by the FA for sending text messages that are at odds with the general ethos here at Premier Range," a statement said.

"A team that would employ a man who expresses views such as these is not the kind of team Premier Range wish to deal with."

Wigan have been asked to respond but are yet to comment.