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Red or dead? Cardiff City owners threaten to scrap blue kit

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Cardiff City’s Malaysian owner has unveiled plans to scrap the club’s blue kit in favour of red and remove the Bluebirds nickname from any official club products. In return owner Vincent Tan said he will invest £100m in the Bluebirds to clear the club’s debt, invest in the team, and expand the stadium’s capacity. The club would also incorporate a red dragon into its club crest.

FSF affiliated groups Cardiff City Supporters Club (CCSC) and Cardiff City Supporters Trust were present at the meeting with clubs representatives which was hastily arranged after rumours swept the internet of the changes.

Trust chairman Tim Hartley told BBC Wales: “We were told in no uncertain terms that this was a fait accompli. This investment is going to come into the club. We were shown a design of the logo, Cardiff City will be playing in red, they will be wearing a dragon on their chests.

“This is going to happen whatever us supporters think about it. It’s great news about the investment, very disappointing about the change of colour and the change of the logo and the lack of consultation with fans.”

CCSC released a statement which said: “The majority of attendees spoke out against the proposals and some stated they would prefer the Malaysian backers to pull out rather than lose our identity and take whatever consequences, however some were happy to accept the change to guarantee the future of Cardiff City.

“This is a fundamental change to our football club and now we need to canvass the opinion of our members as soon as possible to gauge the strength of feeling towards these changes, which are being implemented without any consultation of the fans.”

Matthew Gabb of London-based Cardiff City fans’ group the 1927 Club said: “We’re currently canvassing our members’ opinions on this, but from the replies I’ve had so far there is clear and obvious opposition to any plans to change our traditional club colours of the last 104 years.

“We are lobbying the Football League, the FA, and the FAW to see if there’s anything that can be done to block it while negotiations are ongoing with the club’s board via our supporters trust and the main branch of the supporters club. We can only hope that if there’s enough opposition from fans and local press there is still some way of preventing this happening.”

Update – Cardiff City have now “ripped up” plans to play in red but their Malaysian owner insists the club cannot carry on “losing large amounts of money every month”. More at Wales Online.

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