Cardiff fans protest against club's blue to red rebrand ahead of Liverpool clash

By Elliott Bretland

Cardiff City fans protested against the club's switch from blue to red ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool.

Around 3,000 followers of the south Wales club gathered for the march and held banners which read 'Hate the Red, Love the Blue' and 'Red is Dead, Stay Blue, Stay True.'

The switch back in 2012 caused uproar among Bluebirds supporters and fans are still angry with the decision.

Red is dead: Cardiff fans protested against the club's blue to red rebrand ahead of the game with Liverpool

Red is dead: Cardiff fans protested against the club's blue to red rebrand ahead of the game with Liverpool

Angered: Around 3,000 supporters gathered outside the stadium to show their disapproval of the rebrand

Angered: Around 3,000 supporters gathered outside the stadium to show their disapproval of the rebrand

Red mist: Cardiff, promoted to the Premier League last season, have worn red for the last two campaigns

Red mist: Cardiff, promoted to the Premier League last season, have worn red for the last two campaigns

Owner Vincent Tan changed the club's colours to red following his multi-million investment in the then Championship outfit.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Tim Hartley, chairman of Cardiff City Supporters' Trust, said: 'We are hoping for a very good turnout because it will be the first time all the supporters' groups and social media groups have joined together.

'But the march is not against Mr Tan, it's in favour of the traditional blue colour.

'The blue shirt and the Bluebirds symbol has been part of 100 years of tradition at Cardiff City and we don't think that should disappear.'

Meanwhile the club said in a statement: 'Following the march, organisers have been invited to sit down with the chairman before kick-off, as stadium staff help facilitate safe and efficient entry for participants ahead of an important Premier League fixture.

'Of most importance is for a shared and positive focus to remain at a critical stage of the season.

'All at the club are fully committed to working with fans to ensure the team receives the best possible support, both home and away for our remaining fixtures.'

Controversial: Owner Vincent Tan changed the club's colours following his multi-million investment in the team

Controversial: Owner Vincent Tan changed the club's colours following his multi-million investment in the team

History: One Cardiff fan reminds the club of Cardiff's 100-year tradition of being called the Bluebirds

History: One Cardiff fan reminds the club of Cardiff's 100-year tradition of being called the Bluebirds

Passionate: Tim Hartley, Chairman of the club's Supoorters' Trust, insisted the protest wasn't against Tan

Passionate: Tim Hartley, Chairman of the club's Supoorters' Trust, insisted the protest wasn't against Tan

 

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Cardiff fans should only turn up in red and not give in Make Tan think.

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Sold there soul to be in the premier league hope it was worth it

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As a Cardiff fan, this is all to late. No one gave a t*ss when the club changed it badge and colour on the promise of promotion to the premier league.

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About time, anyone wearing a red shirt is a plastic traitor.

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stop buying the replica shirts in red then!!!

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Did the Liverpool fans moan when Shankley changed the shirt colours in the 60's. No, and look what it did for Liverpool.

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Shankley only changed the shorts from white to red. Liverpool wore red almost from the beginning, except for a short time wearing blue and white halved shirts (in those days Everton were the red club in the city).

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Yes, Jay. Thanks for the correction

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Well done lads. I like it when we go down a goal, and fight back. It shows that they are hungry, not only for 3rd spot, but for the title it's self. They believe, so now it's time for us all to believe.

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They've got more serious things at hand to protest about rather than whinging about a shirt colour!!!

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Oh and those two clubs in Glasgow would not whinge if their colours were changed??

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