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Fans of Welsh side Cardiff find Football League rebrand to English Football League 'insulting'

The chairman of Cardiff City's Supporters' Trust has hit out against the Football League's decision to re-brand the three divisions as the 'English Football League.

The League announced yesterday that as of next season the Championship, League One and League Two will be collectively known as the 'English Football League'.

Critics of the change have pointed to the fact that the League contains Welsh sides, and that fans of those clubs would not be happy to be referred to as English.

That is certainly the case at Cardiff, where Tim Hartley, Chairman of the club's Supporters' Trust has voiced his objection.

"It's a little bit insulting that both Welsh clubs will be classed as English," he said.

"The rebranding will make a lot of money for companies making logos and headed paper but will do nothing for teams playing in the three divisions. What's the point?"

"The Football League had status, we knew what it meant - why mess with a brand that clearly works?"

Currently Cardiff and Newport are the only Welsh sides in the Football League, but next season there could be as many as four, if Swansea were to be relegated from the Premier League and Wrexham gained promotion from the Conference Premier.

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