Blues' owner to miss first game after court ruling
A HONG Kong court has rejected Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung's bid to attend the club's first home game.
Mr Yeung, charged with five counts of money laundering involving more than HKD$720m (€65m), appeared in court yesterday offering to increase his bail to HKD$3m (€273,000) so he could fly to England to attend Birmingham's match against Coventry and attend to club business.
But a magistrate ruled that Mr Yeung must remain in the Chinese territory at least until he enters a plea in a district court on August 30.
Birmingham fans were initially sceptical about Mr Yeung when he bought the club in October 2009 for £81.5m (€92m). However, his first season as owner, 2009-10, ended with Birmingham's highest top-flight finish for more than 50 years.