A British football club manager is under fire after saying that “Jewish people chase money more than everybody else,” the Guardian reported.
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Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan reportedly made the remark while trying to explain his appointment of Malky Mackay as the club's manager, despite Mackay's being under investigation by the Football Association for alleged racism and anti-Semitism.
In emails reportedly sent while he was in charge of Cardiff City, Mackay described Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan, a Malaysian, as a “chink” and wrote, “nothing like a Jew that sees money slipping through his fingers” of Jewish football agent Phil Smith.
Whelan said he saw neither statement as offensive.
Asked if he himself believed that Jewish people love money, Whelan reportedly said: “I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else. I don’t think that’s offensive at all.”
Former FA and Premier League executive Simon Johnson, who is chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, condemned the remarks of both Mackay and Whelan.
“[Mackay and Whelan] have referred to some of the worst old-fashioned tropes which have been used in the past as the basis of anti-Semitism and stereotyping of Jewish people,” he said.
A Chinese community leader, Jenny Wong, also said Whelan was condoning racism by saying it is “nothing” to call a Chinese person a “chink”.
Kitchen appliances firm Premier Range, which sponsors Wigan's shirts, announced that it was ending its agreement with the club.