By Chris Wright
Can you imagine? A football club had the temerity, the bare-faced gall to unveil the new home strip for their return to the top flight without consulting even one single fan?
That’s exactly the position many Cardiff City supporters have found themselves in today, with many revolting and expressing their ire online about the club’s proposed new home shorts, which aren’t quite the exact same shade of red as the shirt.
“Looks like the dye has run out of the shirt to match the shorts,” wrote one outraged Bluebirds fan on a Cardiff forums. “Seeing that kit has killed me, I can handle the red but two different colours – that’s wrong.”
Dude, why do you care so much about shorts?
Cardiff City’s board have quite rightly apologised (apologised!) for their oversight and have sought to offer an olive branch by opening the floor to their disillusioned fans, allowing them to vote for their choice of shorts to accompany the new home strip from a shortlist of four colour options – red, slightly different red, black or white – via a poll on their official website.
Up until the end of May, season ticket holders will be able to email the club to proffer forth their choice, with the winning colour then being passed on to kit suppliers Puma, who will put the new shorts into production post haste.
Like Everton being forced to ditch their new badge by fans firing petitions and merchandise boycott threats around, we always feel a little uncomfortable when football clubs kow-tow to tetchy supporters over things like this.
We know everyone’s entitled to a say, but if it continues down this road then soon clubs won’t be able to put fresh bog roll in the changing room toilets without having fans vote for 2 or 3-ply, white or peach, quilted or standard.
Jeeeeesus. Can everyone just lighten up a bit please?
(Image via Cardiff City FC)