LONDON: Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has been banned from football-related activities by the FA for six weeks over comments he made regarding Jewish and Chinese people.

Whelan accepted an aggravated misconduct charge and the 78-year-old has also been fined £50,000, warned as to his future conduct and ordered to undertake a mandatory education programme.

The Wigan chairman has seven days in which to to appeal or accept the sanction, which would be suspended until after the outcome of any appeal or would begin immediately if he decides to accept the punishment.

The Wigan chairman made the remarks in a newspaper interview defending his decision to appoint Malky Mackay as the club’s new manager. Mackay is the subject of an investigation into alleged racist and anti-Semitic texts sent while he was in charge of Cardiff.

Whelan told The Guardian it was “nothing” to call a Chinese person a “chink” and stated: “Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else.”