Cardiff City visit to Malaysia postponed

Malaysian-owned Cardiff City have cancelled their promotional trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia after the haze has reached hazardous levels in the city

The haze has caused Cardiff City to postpone their trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Seeing that the Air Pollution Index (API) has reached hazardous levels in the city, club owner Vincent Tan has confirmed the postponement of the tour, The Guardian reported.

He said: “A schedule of events had been put in place ahead of the opening Premier League fixtures [to] further raise awareness of Cardiff City in Malaysia, [but] due to the current poor air quality in Kuala Lumpur, it has been decided for the welfare of all concerned to delay the trip.

“[We will be] re-establishing plans in the future when the manager and players can better interact with Malaysian based supporters in a suitable environment.”

The Bluebirds recently won promotion to the English top-flight and were planning to come to Malaysia to visit the 1 Malaysia Cardiff City (1MCC), grassroots coaching sessions, schools and attend meetings with the media.

Cardiff City Manager Malky Mackay was supposed to make the trip with star players like Craig Bellamy and club captain Mark Hudson before their Malaysian owner announced the cancellation.

“It's with disappointment that the planned visit to Malaysia this week by Malky, David, Mark, Craig and other club delegates has been postponed,” Tan declared.

The Welsh-based club have a string of three friendlies scheduled for the last week of July and will play West Ham United in their opening game of the 2013/14 English Premier League season on August 17.