Cardiff City’s new signing Jazz Richards was booed after refusing to do the ‘Ayatollah’ according to a report from Wales Online.

A tradition of Cardiff fans which hails back to the start of the 1990s is the players will do the Ayatollah on request of the players, a gesture where the player will raise his hands up and down above his head. Fans even made a music video about this gesture back in 2008.

During the opening game of the season where Cardiff drew 0-0 with Birmingham City, Richards was requested to do the Ayatollah at least seven times according to fans, but refused to do it on each occasion. Some have suggested that he did eventually do it, but it appears that most people did not see this.

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And while some blamed ignorance on Richards’ part, his background suggests he must have some knowledge of the popular fans chant. He came through the Cardiff academy as a youngster but many have pointed to his lengthy period at their fierce rivals Swansea City and have said that is the reason he didn’t do the Ayatollah.

This led to fans being incredibly angry and accused Richards of being disrespectful to his new club and that he should do the Ayatollah in their next game to make things up to the fans.

However he did get some defenders, with some saying that the fans shouldn’t make such a massive fuss over a minor thing.

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