Whelan given extra time to respond to FA charge
04 December 2014, 22:56
London - Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has been given an extra week to respond to a Football Association misconduct charge over his controversial comments about Chinese and Jewish people.
Whelan found himself in trouble last month after he was quoted talking in derogatory terms about the Chinese, and also Jewish culture, in response to criticism of his decision to appoint Malky Mackay as the Championship club's new manager.
The 78-year-old publicly apologised for the comments attributed to him and also suggested he may have been misquoted, but was still charged by football's governing body.
Whelan had until 1800GMT on Friday to respond to the charge, but the FA has now granted him a week's extension.
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The FA announced on Twitter: "Following a request by Dave Whelan, The FA has granted him an extension to the date by which he had to reply to his misconduct charge for media comments. The Wigan Athletic chairman now has until 6pm on Friday 12 December 2014 to respond to the charge."
In an interview with The Guardian, Whelan defended his appointment of Mackay, who is being investigated over claims he sent racist and anti-Semitic text messages to a colleague during his time at Cardiff.
Referring to remarks allegedly made by Mackay, Whelan was quoted as saying it was "nothing" to call a Chinese person a "chink" and also said: "Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else."
Whelan's comments saw him branded a "racist" by Cardiff's Malaysian owner Vincent Tan, who sacked Mackay last December.