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Wigan owner under fire after comments

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(AP) -- An English football club owner faced a backlash from community leaders and sponsors Friday after making controversial comments about Jewish and Chinese people in a newspaper interview.

Wigan owner Dave Whelan made the remarks to The Guardian newspaper while defending his decision to hire Malky Mackay as the club's manager, even though Mackay is under investigation for sending racist and anti-Semitic text messages.

Commenting on a text by Mackay about Jewish people and money, Whelan said: "I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else. I don't think that's offensive at all."

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