Victory for Cardiff City FC supporters
Cardiff City fans have been celebrating the club's return to blue, after billionaire owner Vincent Tan was forced to back down as a result of a mass campaign by supporters. The massively unpopular decision, that was taken back in June 2012, looked to be unshakable and it took years of campaigning by different supporter groups for it to be changed. Representatives of the owner only met with fans after several protests. The largest saw over 3,000 fans march through the city, and a boycott of games which saw the lowest ever attendance at the Cardiff City Stadium when they played Colchester in the FA Cup. Tan only last month claimed "Protesting will not make me change my mind... Cardiff will stay red" - a last statement of defiance before he was given no other option but to undo the rebrand.
When Cardiff started at home, in blue, against Fulham, last Saturday, the attendance was up and so was atmosphere, which helped the team get their first win in five league matches. As well as the return to blue and the crest being redesigned to feature a prominent bluebird, season ticket prices will be reduced. These are big concessions, but there are many other issues on field and off which need to be resolved. The fans need to be the ones making decisions about the future of the club, not unelected billionaires, and there is still a big debt problem. The club owes £118m, with just over half, £66m, owed to Tan. The vast majority of fans never stopped wearing blue, and the campaign worked because it was unified, seeing 15 different supporter groups joining forces on protests. Many fans have learnt lessons from this protest movement, and will be just as organized if further attacks on the club come from the owner. This isn't the biggest victory working class people will win in the coming years, but it does show, if were united and determined, we can take on the bosses and win!
Steffan Bateman, Cardiff Socialist Party
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