Posted: Wednesday April 17, 2013 9:04 AM

Heady days for Welsh football as Cardiff reach EPL

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) -As Vincent Tan threw his hands into the air and soaked up the applause of a delirious crowd, the Malaysian billionaire who owns Cardiff could be forgiven for having a smug grin on his face.

It was only last year that Tan was a target of abuse by Cardiff fans after making the controversial, to some desultory, decision to change the team's traditional blue shirts to red - a color considered lucky in Asia.

Supporters howled in protest, accusing him of ripping up more than a century of tradition.

How things have changed.

On Tuesday, Tan walked onto the field at Cardiff City Stadium and was feted after his team clinched promotion to the lucrative Premier League, becoming the second Welsh team in England's top division along with Swansea.

 
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