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In the pink thanks to thermal imagery; Final push sparks Bluebirds' fans to set season-ticket record.

WITH the atmosphere at Wembley on May 17 promising to be white hot, Bluebirds' fans and players have already shown their true colours on the way to the FA Cup Final.

E.ON, sponsors of the competition, used state-of-the-art thermal imaging equipment to analyse the energy output of those in the ground during the semi-final against Barnsley when Cardiff City came out on top.

Snap shots from the game show players and fans in all their red, blue, yellow and green glory as they celebrate their remarkable triumph.

The camera shows the body heat and energy expended by everyone in the ground - the lighter the colour, the hotter the subject - on a bitterly cold day at the stadium.

In one shot fans, left exhausted from 90 minutes of tense singing, clapping and cheering, can be seen with red faces holding an imitation copy of the FA Cup.

And after battling their way to the final, the arms, legs and faces of celebrating Bluebirds' players can be seen glowing red.

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WHITE HOT OR BLACK COLD? E.ON, sponsor of The FA Cup, captures fans and players using its state-of-the art thermal imagery camera. The lighter the colour, the hotter the subject
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 12, 2008
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