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November 27, 2014 7:42 pm

Jewish Lord Alan Sugar Mocks Soccer Club Chairman After Anti-Semitism Charges

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British-Jewish business icon Lord Alan Sugar on Thursday poked fun at the chairman of Wigan soccer club, Dave Whelan, after the latter was charged by the Football Association for making offensive comments about Jewish and Chinese people.

“Wigan Dave Whelan been charged by the FA,following his comments about Jewish & Chinese people.His 100’s of Jewish friends to give evidence,” Sugar wrote on Twitter, referring to Whelan’s defense of his racist comments in an interview on Sky News. “I would never insult a Jewish person. I have got hundreds and hundreds of Jewish friends. I’ve got loads of Chinese friends and I would never, ever insult the Chinese,” the soccer boss said.

Whelan’s initial controversial comments were made during a recent interview with The Guardian. The newspaper reported Whelan said “Jewish people chase money more than everybody else.” Whelan also allegedly defended Wigan manager Malky Mackay’s use of the term “chink” to describe a Chinese person.

Although Whelan insisted that he was misquoted in the interview, he has since apologized for his remarks.

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The FA’s charge against Whelan was for the “aggravated breach” of FA Rule E3 [2] which bans references “to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief” that are “abusive and/or insulting and/or constitute improper conduct and/or bring the game into disrepute.”

Whelan has until Dec. 5 to respond to the charge.

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  • John Wilson

    As a non Jewish Briton I don’t know what embarrasses me more. The fact this pair of clowns said it in the first place or the explanations/ apologies they have subsequently issued.

    Having hundreds of British Jewish friends seems unlikely considering the relative small number of British Jews. Despite living 40 years in this country I have more American Jewish friends and acquaintances than British ones.

    And Malky – ‘banter’ is a manifestation of egalitarianism subconsciously designed to foster group spirit, so it’s best to steer away from anything which has been used to encourage hate.

    I hope British Jews especially realise many of us non Jews wince when we see something like this….. If these two are not sorry I certainly am…..

  • Debra said it very well

  • Mickey Oberman

    “…..but Judaism is………. , not a race.”

    Scientifically conducted genetic tests have proven you wrong.

    Mickey Oberman

  • Obviously Whelan is an ignorant prejudiced fool too dumb to keep his repulsive prejudices private and his mouth shut. May these ugly thoughts rile him up enough to produce esophageal ulcers that hurt really bad. He deserves great discomfort, maybe even a bit of blood loss.

  • Malcolm Jackson

    Why is UKIP so happy to see the UK turned in to an Islamic State within the next 20 years???…..To get to the answer, as Steve Crowther, UKIP Executive Chairman, and journalist for 30 years would know, the advice is “Follow the Money”.

  • Lauren Goldman

    If Whelan did indeed say what he was quoted as saying, and his intent was what has been presented, then he is a fool. And most likely a bigot/racist, considering the word he used about Chinese. Words do not just come out of thin air, they come from the mind of the person saying them.

  • steven L

    Should be demoted from his post of chairman.

  • debra

    why is lord alan sugar called ‘british-jewish’. I hadn’t realized jews identified that way. I thought jews were americans in America, british in Britain, Italian in Italy, Chinese in china, or Japanese in japan…get the idea?
    wasn’t that the reason for the reform movement in Germany? to assimilate ? or not, what ever, but Judaism is a religion, not a race.

    • bea green JP BA

      Oh, how right you are, Dabra!

      Bea

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