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INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION COMPLETE TAKEOVER OF WIGAN ATHLETIC FOOTBALL CLUB

7 November 2018

Hong Kong-based plc International Entertainment Corporation (IEC) are the new owners of Wigan Athletic Football Club.

  • International Entertainment Corporation complete takeover of Wigan Athletic Football Club
  • IEC are a Public Limited Company principally based in Hong Kong with a diverse range of business interests, including hotel operations and leasing of properties across Asia
  • Yan Min Zhang, CEO of International Entertainent Corporation: “We are proud to be the new owners of Wigan Athletic Football Club and we feel excited and privileged to have the opportunity to write the next chapter in the club’s history.”

Wigan Athletic Football Club can confirm that the transition of ownership of Wigan Athletic and the DW Stadium from the Whelan Family to International Entertainment Corporation has formally completed.

The transition of ownership has received the necessary ratification from the EFL and latterly IEC shareholders in Hong Kong.

IEC are a Public Limited Company principally based in Hong Kong with a diverse range of business interests, including hotel operations and leasing of properties across Asia. IEC see the ownership of Wigan Athletic as an opportunity to diversify their business interests.

Following today’s completion, IEC have appointed Darren Royle as Wigan Athletic Football Club’s executive chairman, whilst former England international footballer Joe Royle, who also played for and managed Manchester City and Everton, has been appointed as a director. Thomas Chan will also join the Wigan Athletic Board of Directors.

Yan Min Zhang, CEO of International Entertainent Corporation, said: “We are extremely honoured and proud to become the custodians of Wigan Athletic. The football club operations and performance under the leadership of the Whelan family over a long period, together with the traditions and values of the club and its supporters, were major factors in our decision to purchase the club. We intend to build on that history and grow Wigan Athletic further to achieve success both on and off the field.”

Darren Royle added: “I am extremely proud to become Executive Chairman of Wigan Athletic Football Club. It is a huge honour and responsibility to also follow in the footsteps of Dave Whelan and David Sharpe. Nothing is more inspiring and motivating than a legacy such as the one left in place by the Whelan family and I am determined to make sure my total commitment goes towards helping Wigan Athletic, its staff and supporters achieve further success.” 

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