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Football: Yeung a Hong Kong barber who went from scissors to soccer

Published on Feb 26, 2014 6:46 PM
 
Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung arriving at the Wanchai district court in Hong Kong on May 3, 2013. Hong Kong's Carson Yeung went from humble hairdresser to owning a top-tier English football club, but his rags-to-riches tale raised questions that eventually landed him in court. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong's Carson Yeung went from humble hairdresser to owning a top-tier English football club, but his rags-to-riches tale raised questions that eventually landed him in court.

Too poor to attend games as a child, the dapper businessman, now 53, became the proud owner of Birmingham City in 2009 and watched from the stands wearing an expensive fur-trimmed coat.

However, the dream soured both on and off the pitch after just two years as Birmingham were relegated from the English Premier League and he was arrested on money-laundering charges in 2011.

On Friday, at the culmination of his high-profile trial, Yeung could be confirmed as another of Hong Kong's entrepreneurial success stories, or besmirched as involved in the city's notorious organised crime.

 
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