11 Oct, 2020 @ 11:33
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FOOTBALL TAKEOVER: Will Wigan Athletic fans turn from pies to Spanish empanadas?

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IT looks like fans of Wigan Athletic football club may be swapping their famous pies for Spanish empanadas.

The troubled club is being sold to businessman Jose Miguel Garrido Cristo, it has been revealed.

Known as the Latics, the club was put into administration in July, just a month after it had been bought by Hong Kong based Next Lender Fund.

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Crusty the Pie – The Latics’ mascot unveiled in 2019

The Lancashire town is famous for its pies, and Wigan’s fans are proud that their club serves up some of the best pastry based treats in football.

So much so that last year the team’s new mascot was unveiled to be Crusty the Pie – a six foot tall ‘traditional pastry’ wearing the club’s blue and white colours.

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TASTY: Wigan’s finest meal

Fans will be relieved to hear that the  potential new owner may be on the same wavelength when it comes to food. He is the former international director of Spanish multinational food group Campofrio, so will no doubt be keen to keep the team’s supporters well fed.

EMPANADA: Will Spanish pie end up on the menu?

But the burning question is, will a selection of Spanish-style pies known as empanadas and often filled with tuna, pork or vegetables be put on the menu?

Or will the club stick to its more traditional fayre of meat and potato, cheese and onion or meat and gravy fillings?

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