Cardiff City FC clears long-standing Langston debt

  • 23 July 2013
  • From the section Wales
Media captionMr Tan has previously said an agreement with Langston would pave the way to the club becoming debt-free

Cardiff City FC has reached a deal over its long-standing debt with Langston, club owner Vincent Tan has said.

The debt to Langston - whose spokesman is former Cardiff City owner Sam Hammam - was taken out in 2004, and is thought to be about £24m.

Mr Tan has previously said an agreement with Langston would pave the way to the club becoming debt-free.

Cardiff City Supporters Trust said not all fans would be happy Mr Hammam was made honorary president in the deal.

Last week, Vincent Tan said the club was "days away" from reaching a deal.

In a statement on the club's website on Monday, he said he was "grateful and indebted to Sam Hammam" and others and said the agreement "brings to a close a lengthy period of uncertainty".

He added: "This settlement allows us to look to a new era of financial stability, which should be celebrated by all connected to Cardiff City.

"I am delighted, primarily for the supporters of this great club that we can put this matter firmly behind us and plan for our future with confidence."

In the same statement, Sam Hammam, said: "This resolution will rightly be regarded as a proud and historic occasion for all associated with Cardiff City Football Club.

"Now that an amicable agreement has been reached, thanks in most part to the vision of Tan Sri Vincent Tan the club can now focus on the exciting Premier League season ahead, while building for the future with optimism."

Mr Tan's investment in Cardiff so far stands at about £120m.

Media captionCardiff City Supporters Trust chairman calls for more details about a deal to settle £24m in debts

He is studying the possibility of floating part of the club on the Malaysian stock exchange.

Tim Hartley, chairman of the Cardiff City Supporters Trust, said most fans welcomed the deal but not everyone would be happy about Mr Hammam's return to the club as honorary life president.

Mr Hartley told BBC Radio Wales more transparency was needed about the arrangement to explain to fans what exactly has been agreed to show, for example, what portion of debt has been converted to equity.

"What we are moving towards is a debt-free club which will be financially sound which, ultimately, will be attractive to investors," said Mr Hartley.

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