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FA in bid to stop clubs rebranding - Are they right to?

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The FA are looking into the issue of football clubs being rebranded by foreign owners

The FA are looking into possible rule changes with regard to the running of football clubs to prevent rebranding from foreign owners.

The debate comes as tension between fans and owner have reached their pinnacle at Cardiff City, where Vincent Tan infamously changed the club’s playing strip from blue to red, as well as making an alteration to the Bluebirds crest.

The FA have reportedly responded to the Cardiff City Supporters Trust, declaring that they will look into the matter in the near future.

The issue of rebranding has also affected clubs such as Hull City in recent times, where owner Assem Allam has attempted to change their name to ‘Hull City Tigers’, a move the FA have knocked back.

Vincent Tan of Cardiff has admitted that he is willing to sit down and seek a compromise with supporters should they get back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. But a return to the Championship has only rubbed salt in Bluebird wounds, with the local media now running a petition for a return to blue.

The FA are right to discuss their role in such major changes. Decades of symbolism, history and tradition cannot be swept aside to fulfil one man’s preference.

It all comes down to fans, and Cardiff are clearly losing them over the rebranding saga. One man has even given up his season ticket after being relocated to red seats for next season. Everything has been tried with Tan, from formal meetings and letters to angry protests and chanting at matches, the Cardiff fans are powerless to his influence.

The FA stepping in is the only route back, and it may even be too late for that. But by acting sharply, footballs governing body could save many a club in future from losing their soul.

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