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Birmingham City fans unfurl flag in protest against owners

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Image caption Supporters have called for Birmingham City's China-based parent company to sell the club
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Image caption Fans passed the flag around home stands at St. Andrews for up to 10 minutes
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Image caption The flag was unveiled in the sixth minute of the game. The number six is said to represent wealth in China

Birmingham City fans unveiled a flag in a protest against the club's owner after he was jailed for money laundering.

A group of supporters in the home stands unfurled the banner in the sixth minute of the team's game against QPR.

Fans said the number six represents wealth in China, the home country of Carson Yeung, who was handed a six-year prison term on Friday.

The club has insisted Yeung's sentence will not affect its operations.

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Image caption Carson Yeung remains a majority shareholder in Birmingham City

Yeung was convicted on Monday after HK$720m (£55m) passed through his bank accounts between 2001 and 2007.

He resigned as president of Birmingham City FC, director of Birmingham City plc and director and chairman of the club's parent company, Birmingham International Holdings Ltd (BIHL) in February but remains majority shareholder in the club.

His son Ryan, 20, and brother-in-law Shui Cheong Ma, 52, remain on the club's board of directors.

Fans' group the Blues Trust has called on BIHL to sell the club as soon as possible.

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