EFL ‘reviewing files linking Cambodian diplomat’ to Birmingham City

It’s emerged that Chinese-Cambodian businessman Wang Yaohui possibly held a controlling interest in the club for years without taking the EFL’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test

The English Football League (EFL) has reportedly obtained evidence linking the Cambodian diplomat Wang Yaohui to Birmingham City.

That’s according to Radio Free Asia, which reports that in July, the EFL successfully applied to Singapore’s Supreme Court to access records in a case brought against one of Mr Yaohui companies. The report stats that the application was made as part of an investigation by the EFL into allegations that Yaohui ‘secretly controls a substantial portion of the club’s shares’.

It’s also been reported that Yaohui has possibly held a controlling interest in the club for several years without taking the EFL’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test or declaring it to the stock exchange, where Blues’ majority owner, Birmingham Sports Holdings Limited (BSHL), is listed.

St Andrews, based in the Midlands, is next up with an index rating of 7.38. Although not in the top three overall, Birmingham City did have the most crimes committed in the 2016/17 season, the 2017/18 season, and the 2019/20 season. They also come top overall in missile throwing and public disorder.

And according to The Athletic, If Yaohui is found to have been the beneficial owner of shares in BSHL and Oriental Rainbow Investments - the British Virgin Islands-registered company that currently owns the 21.64 per cent stake in Birmingham City that prospective new owners Paul Richardson and Maxi Lopez want to buy initially - then both BSHL and Blues could face sanctions from the stock exchange and EFL.

Those possible sanctions even include a points deduction.

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