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New Cardiff City signing Jazz Richards embroiled in controversy after former Swansea City star ‘refuses’ to do Ayatollah

New Cardiff City signing Jazz Richards has found himself at the centre of controversy after allegedly refusing several requests from Bluebirds fans to perform the famous Ayatollah on his competitive debut.

Former Swansea City star Richards, who was part of Wales’ Euro 2016 squad, started for Cardiff against Birmingham City following his summer move from Fulham.

Several fans who were at the match claimed Richards refused repeated requests to ‘do the Ayatollah’ before being booed by his own supporters.

The Ayatollah has been used by Cardiff City fans since the 1990s and involves a player raising his hands above his head and repeatedly moving them up and down. It is regularly performed by Cardiff players in response to fans chanting ‘do the Ayatollah’.

Vincent Tan-Cardiff city

Here’s Vincent Tan doing the Ayatollah

Ashley Richards of Cardiff City is tackled by Jacques Maghoma of Birmingham City

Ashley Richards of Cardiff City is tackled by Jacques Maghoma of Birmingham City

There have been suggestions he did eventually do it, although most fans appear to have missed the gesture.

Richards, who actually began his youth career at Cardiff, has long been associated with arch rivals Swansea after spending eight years at the Swans between 2007 and 2015.

One fan, Carl Curtis, who helped organise transport for the 1,700 hardcore Cardiff supporters who travelled to St Andrews for the first match of the season, wrote on the Cardiff City forum he helps run: “I am at the game and this is absolutely true. In fact, it is now seven times [Richards has been asked to do the Ayatollah].

“If Lex Immers and Lee Peltier hadn’t pointed it out to him then I would have given him the benefit of the doubt but he heard it and refused. No wonder we all booed him.”

While some supporters were clearly angry about the situation, others described it as a fuss about nothing, urging fans to get behind the players and saying Richards was right to just concentrate on his football.

There has been no comment from Cardiff City on the matter.

Here’s what fans have been saying on social media…

Some were angry…

Some (including Swansea fans) thought it was a fuss about nothing…

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