“A racist chairman hiring a racist manager”
Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has accused Wigan owner Dave Whelan, of being a racist.
This comes a day after Whelan made offensive remarks in an interview with The Guardian where he was trying to defend his new appointed manager Malky Mackay, who himself is under investigation for text messages containing sexist, racist and homophobic remarks during his tenure under Tan at Cardiff.
In his interview Whelan said, “Jewish people chase money more than everybody else” as well as being quoted using the term “chink”.
West Ham owner David Gold, who is also Jewish, said he was “saddened” by Whelan’s comments and demanded a retraction.
Whelan has since apologised for his remarks, stressing he was misquoted in the interview and was sorry for any “upset” caused.
Tan has said to be “disappointed that someone of Mr Whelan’s standing is a racist” while adding that Whelan has “insulted the dignity” of Jewish and Chinese people.
Anti-racism campaigner Kick It Out has since questioned whether Whelan is a “fit and proper person” to run a football club a view Tan agrees with.
Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson, who is also a former FA and Premier League executive, expressed his anger with Whelan on twitter, calling on him to apologise for his “disgraceful anti-semitic language”.
Labour MP Ivan Lewis has also called for the Football Association to take the “toughest possible action” against the Latics chairman.
Tan has also called for the FA to take action against Whelan while the FA have since confirmed they are conducting an investigation into Whelan’s comments.
However Hull city manager Steve Bruce, who worked twice under Whelan at Wigan, has defended his former boss saying there’s “no racism in him at all” while adding that some of Whelan’s words were “misplaced”.