LONDON (AP) -- The English Football Association has banned Wigan chairman Dave Whelan from all football-related activities for six weeks over offensive comments about Jews and Chinese people.
The 78-year-old Whelan, who accepted a charge of racially-aggravated misconduct, has also been fined 50,000 pounds ($78,000), warned about his future conduct and ordered to undertake a mandatory education course.
Whelan has seven days to accept or appeal against the sanction, which would be suspended until after the outcome of an appeal process. The ban would begin immediately if he decides to accept the punishment.
The offensive comments were made in a newspaper interview defending his decision to appoint Malky Mackay as manager in November.
Mackay himself is still being investigated by the FA over alleged racist and anti-Semitic text messages sent while Cardiff manager.