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Cardiff Owner Vincent Tan Says British Press Are 'A Little Bit Racist'

28/02/2014 09:38 GMT | Updated 28/02/2014 09:59 GMT
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CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER28: Sri Vincent Tan the owner of Cardiff City looks on from the directors box ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Sunderland at the Cardiff City Stadium on December 28, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has accused the British press of being "a little bit racist" in their criticism of him.

Tan's time at the Cardiff City Stadium has been hounded by controversy with the owner changing the club's colours, much to the displeasure of the fans, and dispensing with the services of promotion-winning manager Malky Mackay after rows over transfers.

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Tan is reviled by the majority of Cardiff fans

The Malaysian businessman, however, insists he retains the backing of the majority of Bluebirds fans and believes he has been unfairly portrayed as a villain.

"Do you think that Malky Mackay would have got us promoted without my investment? Without me giving him money? After we got promoted the fans were all very supportive, everybody was appreciative," he told BBC Sport.

"Overall, even now, I think, I would say even 90 per cent of the fans are supportive, the problem is you have 10 per cent or five per cent or maybe even a few hundred people that are not supportive, who are more vocal.

"And then you have the British press who have has been misled by some people, feeding them wrong information and saying what a terrible person I am and trying to make fun of me and paint me like a villain.

"But my experience is the majority are very supportive. I go to the club, many people come and shake my hand, want to shake hands with me, want my autograph, so generally I think it is not too bad.

"I will say that the British press is unfair and maybe they are unfair because we didn't tell our side of the story that well.

"And sometimes the British press (are) maybe a little bit racist and quite unfair."

Mackay and Tan

Mackay was dismissed in December amid claims from Tan that he vastly overspent in the summer and chief executive Simon Lim recently released a statement criticising the £8.5million signing of striker Andreas Cornelius who left the club in January after not scoring a goal.

Mackay has since been replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Tan is confident that the Norwegian can keep the club in the Premier League, despite them currently being three points adrift of safety.

"He (Mackay) didn't do very well at Watford, but somehow our CEO and our chairman hired him and replaced Dave Jones," Tan said. "Dave Jones actually did much better. So I think Malky got lucky when he came to Cardiff."

He added: "Although we're not doing very well now, we are in the relegation zone, I'm convinced and believe that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be able to keep us in the Premier League."