WIGAN Athletic have lost a second sponsorship deal in as many days as the fallout continues over the appointment of Malky Mackay as their new manager.
Drinks company iPro Sport have ended their arrangement as the Lancashire club’s hydration partner after Mackay, who is currenty the subject of an FA investigation into offensive messages he sent whilst boss of Cardiff City, was announced as Uwe Rosler’s successor on Wednesday.
Wigan Athletic lose 2nd sponsor following the appointment of Malky Mackay. Ipro Sport says it's "severing it's relationship" with the club
— BBC Radio Manchester (@BBCRadioManc) November 21, 2014
Meanwhile, Latics chairman Dave Whelan has been heavily criticised by anti-racist campaigners as well as Jewish and Chinese people for alleged anti-Semitic comments he made in an interview with The Guardian newspaper while defending Mackay.
Cardiff City’s Malaysian owner Vincent Tan – who sacked 42-year-old Scot Mackay last December over texts believed to be of a “racist, sexist and homophobic” nature sent to his former head of recruitment Iain Moody – has since claimed Whelan has “insulted the dignity” of Jewish and Chinese people.
Vincent Tan exclusive: "I'm so disappointed the chairman of Wigan, a big club, is also a racist. A racist chairman hiring a racist manager."
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) November 21, 2014
In a statement, iPro questioned “the business ethics and commitment to best practice” of Wigan, who currently sit in the relegation zone in the Championship.
It read: “The company has been a supporter of the team and fan base at Wigan FC and had looked forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the club as its hydration partner.
“However, the recent decision to appoint Malky Mackay as the club’s new manager, in the light of the Football Association’s investigation into inappropriate text messages that he apparently sent while manager at Cardiff City, is at odds with the company’s business ethics and commitment to best practice.
“iPro Sport actively encourages positive working relationships irrespective of colour, race, nationality, religious belief, sexual orientation or age and cannot condone racism, sexism or homophobia.
“As a result, it is with enormous regret that iPro Sport will be severing its relationship with Wigan Athletic Football Club.”