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Cardiff City fans to protest ahead of home game with Liverpool

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There is still plenty of unrest in South Wales and Cardiff City supporters opposed to the club's change of shirt colour from blue to red are taking part in a protest march and demonstration. This is planned ahead of Saturday's (March 22nd) game with title chasing Liverpool.

It is being billed as a show of pride in the club's traditional colours and Bluebirds badge and not a demonstration against owner Vincent Tan.

Cardiff City say organisers have been invited to sit down with the chairman.

Malaysian owner Mr Tan changed the club's colour to "lucky" red in 2012 as part of a multi-million pound investment.

But the rebrand sparked strong opposition from some fans who have held previous demonstrations.

It is expected to be the biggest protest yet and will feature all the major fan groups for the first time - Cardiff City Supporters' Trust, the Cardiff City Supporters' Club, Cardiff City Forum, Cardiff City Online and Bluebirds Unite.

Protesters said the one and only objective of the march was for fans to display a "mass show of pride in Cardiff City's heritage and tradition and to peacefully demonstrate our strong desire to return to our blue kit with Bluebird badge".

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."

Mr Hartley said there had been a hardening of views of this issue.

"In a recent survey 85% of our members and non-members wanted us to actively campaign for the return of the colour blue," he added.

Cardiff City 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."

Protest organisers have welcomed the invitation to speak to club chairman Mehmet Dalman but say there will not be enough time before kick off. They hope it can be rearranged for a later date.

JB

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