Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung has been sentenced to six years in prison for money laundering.
The Hong Kong court convicted Yeung on five counts of money laundering, with Judge Douglas Yau stating that the level of sentence was a deterrent to others.
"The sentence must include an element of deterrence to discourage those who are in a position to exploit the system.
"The law will come down on them with full force."
Yeung, who took over Birmingham City in 2009, has denied all charges against him. He claimed that his money had been earned legitimately through gambling, stock trading, property purchases and hairdressing.
However the 54-year-old was unable to show where around £7.7million had come from in his bank accounts.
When the Hong Kong businessman took over Birmingham City there was a lot of mystery surrounding the circumstances. The Telegraph even ran the headline: 'How did a Hong Kong barber take over Birmingham City FC?'
Yeung had resigned from his post as the president of Birmingham City FC in February with the trail date looming.
The club have ensured fans that this conviction will have no effect on the day to day runnings of the club.
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