David Gold welcome at Birmingham

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David Gold will be welcomed back to St Andrews when Birmingham play West Ham in the Carling Cup, just weeks after he was barred.

The former Blues chairman was told to stay away from the ground when the two sides met recently in the Premier League, but the Hammers chief will be allowed to take his seat in the directors' box this time.

Gold was refused access to the whole stadium on grounds of personal safety after his comments in a national newspaper about his former club and in particular acting chairman Peter Pannu who he described as "disgusting".

However, Pannu is now ready to draw a line under the matter ahead of their two-legged semi-final, with the game at St Andrews set to take place on Wednesday, January 26.

Pannu said: "Birmingham City would like to take this opportunity to confirm David Gold is welcome at the stadium and the Blues board look forward to seeing him, and of course David Sullivan and all members of the West Ham board, at the game."

Gold fell out with his successor in the aftermath of the sale to Carson Yeung after claiming he had been promised the chance to stay on as chairman.

Pannu denied ever making such as an offer and Gold was upset at insinuations that he had lost his mind.

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