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Football: Tan flays 'a little bit racist' media, says Cardiff in safe hands

Published on Feb 28, 2014 6:18 PM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Controversial Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has criticised "a little bit racist" British media for projecting him as a villain and ruled out the possibility of the Premier League club changing its team colours back to blue.

The 62-year-old Malaysian businessman helped finance the Welsh team into the top tier of English football for the first time in half a century this season before his leadership style came under increasingly scrutiny.

Tan, who once operated Malaysia's most profitable lottery and gambling business, changed the club colours from its traditional blue to red at the start of the 2012-13 season and sacked popular manager Malky Mackay last December to further irk the fans.

Criticism of his leadership approach has only grown but the Malaysian made it clear that he was not stepping down despite the side struggling down in 19th place and three points adrift of safety with a significantly inferior goal difference.

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