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Wigan owner under fire after comments

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) The owner of an English soccer club is being investigated by the Football Association after making controversial comments about Jewish and Chinese people, sparking a backlash from community leaders and sponsors on Friday.

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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