Hull owner applies to FA for name change

Hull City owner,Assam Allam, has applied to the Football Association to change the club's name

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Hull City fans fight to save their name

Hull City fans met today to discuss their next move in the fight to keep the club's name. On Wednesday, City owner Assem Allam formally applied to the FA to change the club's name to Hull Tigers.

In November he promised not to make any changes until there had been a full consultation. After the meeting, supporters group City Till We Die protested outside the KC Stadium ahead of the game against Stoke City.

Name change application angers Hull fans

Hull City have formally applied to the Football Association to change the club's name to Hull Tigers from next season.

Owner Assem Allam wants to rebrand the Premier League club to appeal to a wider international audience.

The decision has prompted an angry response from supporters who are now urging fans to protest against the name change at Saturday's match against Stoke, as Fiona Dwyer reports.

Hull fans "disappointed" over Allam's FA application

Hull City fan group, 'City Till We Die', say they are "disappointed" over the Assem Allam's application to the FA to rename the club.

In a statement they said:

...When City Till We Die met with Hull City AFC owner Dr Assem Allam on 1 November, he assured us that any name change would not occur for two to three years, and that it would not go ahead without supporter consultation, or without the benefits being proven by research. No such research or consultation has taken place...

...This matter is now in the hands of the only people who have the right to make such a decision: the football authorities. On 2 December, City Till We Die supplied the FA with a timeline dossier on the name-change proposals, for their consideration.

On 4 December we met with officials of the Premier League, who told us that any such material changes to the heritage of British football should be carried out in consultation with supporters and wider stakeholders in the game...

...This issue matters for all football supporters, not just the people of Hull, and the decision the FA makes will set a very important precedent...

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City fans angry over lack of consultation

Assem Allam has applied to the FA to change the club's name Credit: Press Association

The fans group opposed to a name change for Hull City has accused club owner Assem Allam of bringing forward his plans and not consulting supporters.

The Barclays Premier League club revealed on Wednesday that they had applied to the Football Association to change the playing name to Hull Tigers from next season.

But the City Till We Die group has once again stressed its opposition to Allam's plans.

The campaign group revealed it had supplied the FA with a timeline dossier on Allam's proposals and also met with representatives of the Premier League to voice concerns.

Allam has already changed the company name to Hull City Tigers but he needs the permission of the FA Council to change the club's playing name.

Allam has offered to refund any of the club's season-ticket holders who are unhappy and has previously said he considers a Tigers brand to be more marketable, and the word "City" to be "lousy" and "common".

The 74-year-old Egypt-born businessman, who moved to Hull in 1968, also caused controversy earlier this month by saying of the critics: "They can die as soon as they want, as long as they leave the club for the majority who just want to watch good football."

Bruce defends owner in 'Tigers' row

Bruce has defended his team's owner Credit: Press Association

Hull manager Steve Bruce offered a stirring defence of owner Assem Allam but remains desperate for the unseemly row over the club's name to go away.

Allam has provoked fury among supporters with his proposals to rebrand the side as Hull Tigers, a move that would see the 109-year-old name of Hull City AFC abandoned.

The Egyptian businessman has hardly helped his cause with some unguarded public pronouncements, culminating with his suggestion that those who have taken to chanting 'City Till We Die' could "die as soon as they want".

Bruce did his best to steer clear of the controversy during the early part of the Barclays Premier League season but admitted after Sunday's 3-1 win over Liverpool that he would seek talks with Allam to try and ease tensions.

A similar result at the Emirates, while even tougher to achieve, would surely be impossible to bump down the agenda but Bruce is under no illusions about the challenge that awaits his squad.

Reminded that Hull memorably upset Arsenal on their own patch in their maidenPremier League season - when goals from Geovanni and Daniel Cousin secured a 2-1win - Bruce added: "I remember it vividly, let's hope we can repeat that."

Bruce: Allam has been "misinterpreted"

Hull City manager, Steve Bruce, has stepped in to try and defuse the row over Hull City owner Assem Allam's controversial plans to rebrand the club as the Hull City Tigers.

The latest round of outcry was caused when Mr Allam told a newspaper that the fans group "City Till I die" - who are fighting his proposal - can "die as soon as they want."

Speaking ahead of Wednesday's Premier League game at Arsenal, Bruce said he believed Mr Allam has been misinterpreted.

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