Cardiff will revert to their traditional blue home kit with immediate effect.
Club owner Vincent Tan announced the news on the club’s official Twitter account, with the traditional colours set to be worn in today’s Championship match at home to Fulham.
Cardiff manager Russell Slade, speaking before the change had been confirmed, described it as a “giant step” which will allow them to sustain future success.
Tan called a meeting between Cardiff officials and supporters on Thursday night to discuss the controversial rebranding exercise which resulted in the home kit changing to red in 2012.
Tan’s move came on the back of a record low Cardiff City Stadium crowd of just over 4,000 for the FA Cup third-round tie with Colchester, planned anti-red protests and the threat of thousands of season tickets not being renewed.
There was unanimous support at the meeting for the club to abandon red and revert to their traditional blue colours with the bluebird crest replacing the dragon as Cardiff’s primary emblem.
“People were able to say what they thought and they said it an eloquent and intelligent way,” said Slade.
“It was received very well from everyone at the football club and I thought it was a giant step.”
Cardiff have slipped to 12th in the Championship after going five games without a win but Slade believes changing the colour and crest could provide the momentum to make a late charge for the play-offs.
“If you’re going to be successful in any business, any football club, you need everyone pulling together as a unit,” Slade said. “Only that way can you sustain success. You need unity.”
Tan said: “To paraphrase John F Kennedy, ‘Let us never compromise out of fear. But let us never fear to compromise.’
“My wish is to unite and make the club successful and in order to achieve this I fully support the board’s decision to implement the following changes:
“Starting from Saturday, January 10 2015 and until the end of this season, our home kit shall be blue. Our away kit shall be red.
“For the 2015-16 season, Cardiff’s home kit colour shall be blue. Our away kit colour shall be red.
“The challenge ahead for us is enormous and I believe we will overcome these obstacles as a united club. I believe with divine blessings, Cardiff will achieve great success.”
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