Whelan in new race row


Published: Friday 5th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Wigan chairman Dave Whelan could face fresh disciplinary action after he referred to his old local Chinese restaurant as “chingalings” in an interview with a Jewish newspaper.

The 78-year-old has been given until December 12 to respond to a Football Association misconduct charge over remarks he made about Jewish and Chinese people in a newspaper interview where he was trying to defend the appointment of Malky Mackay as the club’s new manager.

Mackay is also the subject of an FA investigation into allegedly racist text messages he sent during his time at Cardiff. Both men deny being racist.

The Guardian had reported that Whelan said ”Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else” and, when asked about Mackay’s past indiscretions, replied by saying it was ”nothing” to call a Chinese person a ”chink”.

On that last point, the Jewish Telegraph asked Whelan whether he himself had ever used the term “chink”, to which he replied: “When I was growing up we used to call the Chinese ‘chingalings’.

“We weren’t being disrespected (sic). We used to say, ‘we’re going to eat in chingalings’.

“The Chinese weren’t offended by that. That was the name everyone in Wigan called it (the first Chinese cafe in Wigan).”

Published: Friday 5th December 2014 by The News Editor

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