DAVE Whelan has been embroiled in a new storm after using another controversial word during a public apology to a Jewish newspaper.
The Latics chairman said he “apologises profusely” for saying that Jewish people “do chase money more than everybody else.”
And the 78-year-old told the Jewish Telegraph he has nothing but respect for the community and has made a £5,000 donation to a Jewish charity.
However, he went on to say that he used to call Chinese people “chingalings”.
Whelan said: “I apologise profusely to anyone who has taken offence because I would never offend the Jewish community under any circumstances.
“I have nothing but respect for them. They’re hard-working people, they’re honest people. They fight for what they believe in.
“There’s nobody could knock the Jewish community. For them to accuse me of that, it hurts me a lot.
“Never have I made anti-Jewish comments. We have always, always respected what the Jewish people did, especially through the war.
“We’ve always respected how those Jewish [people] stood up to every single thing they were put through, torture, horrendous.
“And I have nothing but the highest regard and respect for the Jewish people.”
Mr Whelan also credited “two Jewish boys” selling toiletries, whose names he cannot recall, with showing him the ropes in market trading after his football career ended prematurely following a broken leg.
As well as his charitable donation he has also offered the Manchester King David School football team the chance to play a Wigan Athletic junior side and will accept an invitation to address pupils.
Mr Whelan’s comments to the Guardian came as he attempted to defend racist language allegedly used by new Latics manager Malky Mackay in text messages before he got the job.
The pair were also quoted using a derogatory term for Chinese people and Whelan has perhaps drawn in even more controversy as he explained that.
Referring to a Chinese cafe, he added: “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’.”