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Cardiff City FC: 'safety first' as officials inspect roof damage

Cardiff City will assess the safety and security of Cardiff City Stadium this afternoon ahead of today's games against Fulham.

High winds yesterday and this morning have damaged the roofing of the stadium.

The club stress the safety of supporters and staff are the priority.

Cardiff City: Investigating damage to two stands

Cardiff City have tweeted to say that safety officials are investigating roof damage to two stands at the Cardiff City Stadium, caused by high winds overnight.

There is no statement yet on whether there is any doubt about whether this afternoon's Championship game against Fulham, due to kick off at 3pm at the stadium, will be affected.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service says crews are assessing whether they can remove dangerous cladding.

This afternoon's match is Cardiff City's first back in their traditional blue kit, and therefore expected to see a huge attendance and celebratory atmosphere.

Read More: Cardiff City announce return to blue - after controversial rebrand

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Winds damages Cardiff City Stadium ahead of match

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service crews are currently trying to make the Cardiff City Stadium safe, after high winds overnight caused damage to the main stand.

Cardiff City are due to face Fulham at the stadium at 3pm, in their first game back in their traditional blue kit.

Cardiff play Fulham as City go back to blue

Cardiff take on Fulham at the Cardiff City Stadium later, in what will be home side's first match in blue since 2012.

David Marshall is expected to return to first team action after being rested in Cardiff's last match. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

Cardiff could hand debuts to new signings Scott Malone and Alex Revell, with both named in the squad.

The Bluebirds are also expected to recall Kenwyne Jones, Sean Morrison and David Marshall to the first team, after manager Russell Slade rested them in Cardiff's FA Cup win over Colchester.

Elsewhere in the Football League Newport are in action against Portsmouth at Rodney Parade.

The League 2 side are just two points off the automatic promotion places after beating Carlisle last weekend.

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Cardiff City Supporters' Trust 'grateful' to Vincent Tan for changing colours back to blue

Tim Hartley, chair of Cardiff City Supporters Trust, said: “This is blue letter day for Cardiff City and its fans. It reunites the club and its supporters so everyone can move forward together.

“I’d love to see a carnival atmosphere at the Cardiff City Stadium with every fan getting behind the team and cheering them to victory against Fulham. Let’s fill the stadium.

We’re very grateful to Vincent Tan for returning our club to blue and hope supporters will turn out in very large numbers and wearing blue to celebrate.

– Tim Hartley
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The club said the new crest would combine a more prominent bluebird along with elements reflecting Vincent Tan's "culture and beliefs".

Confirmed: Cardiff City will return to playing in blue

Cardiff City have announced they are to return to playing in blue kit.

Club bosses said a new badge featuring a more prominent bluebird would also be introduced.

Players are to wear a red kit for away games.

The controversial rebrand drew huge protests from fans Credit: PA

It follows Thursday night's between between fans and club bosses in which supporters overwhelmingly expressed a desire for the club's colours to change back.

Cardiff City 'return to blue' press conference begins at 2pm

A press conference is about to begin after a meeting between Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan and the club's board.

It follows last night's meeting between fans and the club's bosses over the controversial rebrand of the club.

Russell Slade expects Cardiff City to return to blue

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade said he believes the club will change their colour back to blue from red following last night's meeting between fans and the club's owners.

He added that it could even be as early as this weekend.

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The club's chief executive Ken Choo has told ITV News the change of colour would be allowed under FA rules.

Cardiff City's board will meet this morning to discuss the issue, along with owner Vincent Tan, where they will feed back the results of last night's meeting.

While all views will be taken into account, the decision ultimately rests with Tan.

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