"If the fans p*** me off - I will leave", Cardiff City chief threatens

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Vincent Tan has threatened to end his ownership of Cardiff City if the fans "p***" him off.

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has made the explosive threat of threatening to quit the club.

Tan's premiership at the Cardiff City Stadium has been shrouded in controversy as the Welsh club remain mired in the Premier League's relegation zone ahead of Sunday's trip to Tottenham.

The Malaysian businessman's decision to sack Malky Mackay, who oversaw their promotion from the Championship last season, has led to an increase in protests by fans at his running of the club.

But Tan insists that he still retains the support of the majority of Cardiff's fan base and has issued a threat that he could end his involvement in the club if dissent from the stands escalates.

"After we got promoted, the fans were all very supportive. Everybody was appreciative. Overall, I would say that that 90 per cent of the fans are [still] supportive," he told BBC Sport.

"The problem is you have 10 per cent or five per cent, maybe a few hundred people, that are not supportive. They are more vocal. I think whatever we have done, I believe we have done it right. Fans are not involved in the management, fans don't know the details.

"My message to the fans is: I came to your town, I saved your club, I put in a lot of money, I took it up after 51 years into the Premier League. It is your club: why do you have to do stupid things and be influenced by people who have done things not right for the club?

"Without me, this club would have gone down. The way they have spent money, if I hadn't put in more money, we would have been in trouble again.

'Right now at this point of time, I will stay, unless the fans really p*** me off so much, then I will leave."

Tan also defended his decision to rebrand Cardiff in 2012 by changing the club's colours from blue to red and insists that he has no plans to reverse the move during his ownership.

He added: "There is no way I will change it back to blue under my ownership.

"Perhaps they can find an owner who likes blue and buy me out. Sure, he can change it to blue after that. I'll go somewhere and do another red club."

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