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Cardiff City promoted to Premier League

Published on Apr 17, 2013 6:15 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Welsh club Cardiff City were promoted to the English top flight for the first time in the Premier League era after drawing 0-0 at home to Charlton Athletic in the Championship on Tuesday.

The result guaranteed their return to the elite after a 51-year absence and prompted delirious fans to spill onto the pitch in celebration at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Cardiff will join fellow Welsh side, and sworn rivals, Swansea City in the Premier League next season, when there will be two teams from Wales in the English top flight for the first time.

Charlton's Johnnie Jackson came close to spoiling the promotion party in the Welsh capital when he curled a free-kick against the post in the first half.

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