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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 August 2007, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK
Cardiff '30m debt' row steps up
Peter Ridsdale
Peter Ridsdale maintains the club's case is robust
Cardiff City's financial backers Langston have countered claims made by the club's chairman Peter Ridsdale in the row over an alleged 30m debt.

Earlier in the week Langston accused the club of financial mismanagement and said they wanted 30m back now.

But Ridsdale claimed to have documents showing they had until 2016 to pay off a debt he said had been agreed at 15m.

Langston, who are threatening legal action, have now hit back saying they are in a "very strong position."

In a statement issued by their solicitors Hextalls LLP, they also rebutted Ridsdale's claim he had no way of contacting Langston and that the club's only point of contact had been former owner Sam Hammam.

"The club has the address of Langston in Switzerland; a current representative of the club has met the Swiss representative of Langston," the statement said.

"It follows that it is not true that Sam Hammam was or is the sole point of contact that the club had had with Langston," the statement went on.

It also added: "Langston remains confident that it is in a very strong position and that its claim will be determined on the basis of all documents and not extracts, which may well be misleading."

606: DEBATE

Langston also said they had asked Sam Hammam to contact Cardiff City, but his "attempts to generate dialogue over the last few months have been ignored."

On Wednesday, Ridsdale had urged Hammam to get in touch to avoid a messy court battle and maintained if it did go to court, the club's case was "clear and robust."

This latest news comes on the day that Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink signed for Cardiff City.

In response the Bluebirds issued a statement standing by what Ridsdale said on Wednesday.

Cardiff City said: "The Club stands by its statement as made yesterday.

"It also notes that at no point does Langston deny the fact that the Board is in possession of signed documents confirming that a balance of 15m is to be paid to Langston by 31 December 2016, with interest to accrue on the balance from 1 March 2007.

"The Club does not have any cause to believe that this signed document is invalid, and consequently it does not consider that it has any debts repayable to Langston prior to 2016."

SEE ALSO
Cardiff chief rejects debt claim
15 Aug 07 |  Cardiff City
Cardiff facing court over '30m'
15 Aug 07 |  Cardiff City
BBC Sport Wales coverage
24 Dec 06 |  Wales


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