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Birmingham City fans turn against ailing owners

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The plight of modern day football is a frequent discussion between all supporters these days, and the subject of foreign ownership is another often talked about topic. 

We have seen the fans of Manchester United, Cardiff and Hull protest recently against decisions made by their foreign owners, whilst the fans have relativitely little to no say in the matter. 

But this time, it is Championship outfit Birmingham City who have been in the media spotlight recently, after their fans took the first steps in what is an organised protest to remove their foreign owners from the club. 

The situation in the Midlands is a difficult, sticky situation. Birmingham City is primarily owned by Hong Kong-based businessman Carson Yeung and his company BIHL.

Yeung has been arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering in his native Hong Kong, with his trial lasting over two years. Yeung bought the club for an astronomical amount- over £60m, with money that, in essence, didn't exist. Because of this the club's cash flow has ground to an abrupt halt.

But until the court case is over, it seems that non of the assets will be released until a final decision is made on Yeung's criminal activities. 

The club's squad has diminished, with star players being sold and replaced with loans/and or free transfers. Many fans are in the dark as to where the club is going under the current regime, and the Birmingham City fans trust, along with ultra group 'Forza Blues' have set up the protest 'Delay no more.' 

The protest, mainly being circulated through Twitter and Facebook will see a variety of flags and banners taken to home games to put pressure on the board to do something about the current situation at the club.

Fans are desperate for the owners to relinquish the assets and pass the reigns to owners that can bring the club forward once again. 

The club is genuinely being destroyed by Carson Yeung and his continued presence at the club. But this, once again, gives light to how English clubs are being destroyed by foreign ownership. 


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