Cardiff owner Tan threatens to quit

Feb 28, 2014 - 5:48 PM Cardiff City's Malaysian owner Vincent Tan on Friday claimed he could quit the Premier League club if he continues to be subjected to abuse from fans.

Tan has endured vitriolic criticism over the past two years, with his decisions to change the club's kit colours from blue to red and the sacking this season of popular manager Malky Mackay both enraging Cardiff's supporters.

But the 62-year-old billionaire believes he should be seen as a hero for saving Cardiff from bankruptcy and leading them to promotion to the top flight, rather than being portrayed as "a villain" by the British media which he claims have been "a little bit racist and unfair" towards him.

"Some of my family members really want me to leave. They think it's not worth it. They think no one is grateful," Tan told the BBC.

"But you have to be patient, accept the criticism and sometimes the insults. Right now, at this point in time, I will stay, unless the fans really p*** me off so much, then I may leave.

"My message to the fans is: I came to your town, I saved your club, I put in a lot of money, I took it up into the Premier League after 51 years. Support us, it is your club.

"Why do you have to do stupid things and be influenced by people who have done things (that are) not right for the club?"

Cardiff are currently second bottom of the Premier League, but Tan believes boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will rescue the Bluebirds from relegation and prove he was right to axe Mackay.

"We were going through some difficulties, we had the wrong people doing things for us, but I think we will get it right," Tan added.

"And I think when this thing is over, fans will understand and they should regret what they have done to me and maybe some of them should apologise to me."

Source: AAP

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