Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Cardiff will bring colour to Premier League

If Cardiff City contribute even half as much to the Premier League as Swansea have done then I'll stand to applaud ... but I have a few reservations.

In the light of recent crowd trouble at Wembley and on Tyneside, it sends a slight shudder down the spine to learn that Cardiff have issued more 'banning orders' to supporters than any other club in the country. Yes they're taking action ... but they're HAVING to.

There's a contrast too in the style of football played by the two Welsh clubs. Swansea exude charm and sophistication whereas Cardiff, let's say, give prominence to work-rate with the emphasis on what's effective rather than what's aesthetic. You'd hope manager Malky Mackay might seek a little more refinement come August.

And there's the Malaysian Vincent Tan who owns 40 per cent of the club. Unquestionably, his money has been crucial to Cardiff's success.

But he insisted on messing with rich tradition, changing the club's crest and club colours, from blue to red. You dread to think what awaits.

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