Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Cardiff fans hold Tan protest

Cardiff fans are unhappy with Vincent Tan's rebranding of the club
Cardiff fans are unhappy with Vincent Tan's rebranding of the club

A section of Cardiff fans held a protest against Vincent Tan's rebranding of the club following the 1-0 south Wales derby win over Swansea.

Steven Caulker grabbed the only goal of the game at Cardiff City Stadium to provide some good news for Bluebirds fans after recent events which have seen manager Malky Mackay''s head of recruitment Iain Moody replaced by 23-year-old Kazakh Alisher Apsalyamov, putting the Scot's position under scrutiny.

Tan's decision to change the club's colours from their traditional blue to red also remains unpopular with some supporters, and that issue was the central point of the protest, held in the Canton Stand following the final whistle, with one banner reading "Blue then - Blue now - Blue forever", while another read "Tan out".

Before the game, a message on Facebook from Bluebirds Unite, a fans' group opposed to the rebrand, read: "After the final whistle, like-minded fans are encouraged to walk to the Canton Stand and stay there to chant pro-blue/anti-Tan chants.

"We need to make ourselves known to Vincent Tan."

Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey could face action from the football authorities after television footage emerged apparently showing him attempting to incite Cardiff fans.

At the full-time whistle the Swansea players went to go and applaud the travelling support, but, on his way to that end of the ground, Shelvey appears to make a gesture known as 'Swim away' towards the Cardiff fans.

The gesture is believed to reference an incident which took place in 1988 where Cardiff fans allegedly retreated into the sea after the two sets of supporters clashed.

There had been concerns over potential trouble betweens fans at Sunday's game, but South Wales Police tweeted on Sunday evening that no arrests had been made at the ground.

The tweet read: "No arrests at the Cardiff City Stadium today. Great to see both sets of fans being passionate & well-behaved".

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