Whelan moved to tears by DW crowd

DAVE Whelan was moved to tears as he took his seat at the DW Stadium after a rapturous reception from the Wigan Athletic fans,

The Latics chairman earlier told a media crew that he would quit the club if found guilty by the FA following an investigation into comments he made to a national newspaper.

Dave Whelan

Dave Whelan

But there was full support from the home fans as he took his seat for the game against Middlesbrough.

Supporters from all three home ends bellowed out “Whelan, Whelan, Whelan” reducing the 77-year-old to tears as he gave them a thumbs up.

Earlier he told ITV news: “If the FA look into my affairs - and they were to find me guilty, which I hope they don’t and I don’t see anything like that happening because I’m absolutely anti-racist, always have been, always will be - however, if they have any questions I’m willing to answer it and, should they even suggest I’m guilty I would immediately resign from my position as chairman of Wigan Athletic.”