Whelan charged by FA

Dave Whelan with the FA Cup
Dave Whelan with the FA Cup

WIGAN Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has been charged by the FA over his high-profile remarks.

He has until next Friday to respond to the charge.

A statement by the FA said: “It is alleged the Wigan Athletic chairman breached FA Rule E3[1] in that his comments were abusive and/or insulting and/or constitute improper conduct and/or bring the game into disrepute.

“It is further alleged that this is an ‘Aggravated Breach’ as defined by FA Rule E3[2] as it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief.

“Mr Whelan has until 6pm on 5 December 2014 to respond to the charge.”

The FA’s decision to charge him follows Whelan’s response yesterday to a request to explain his comments last Friday.

The quotes appeared last week in a national newspaper, where he was defending his decision to appoint Malky Mackay as Wigan boss, and he has since apologised.

Whelan later claimed that he would resign from his post if found guilty of racism.

“Should they even suggest I’m guilty I would immediately resign from my position as chairman of Wigan Athletic,” he said.