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Allam repeats threat to sell Hull City over name row

Hull owner Assem Allam has repeated his threat to sell the club if the FA fails to ratify his bid to change their name.

Assem Allam insists he will sell Hull City if he does not get his way Credit: Press Association

Confusion reigns over the current status of Allam's application after an arbitration tribunal found the original FA Council decision to reject his application could not stand.

Allam told the Hull Daily Mail:

The club is up for sale as I've said before. There is no change. If I can change the club's name to Hull Tigers then I will stay and develop the club further and further. I have shown it would be a success.

If it is not Hull Tigers then the club will be sold. What is the problem with that? I could have sold the club already, but I want it to go to a good home."

– Assem Allam

Allam appears to have until April 1 to submit a new bid to change the club's name in time for next season, although he insists a new application is not necessary.

The tribunal states, in this case the FA saying no to Tigers, that the decision should be set aside. That means nothing has happened.

The application has not been answered. The tribunal says our appeal was successful. That decision to set it aside was unanimous.

– Assem Allam


Bradford race arrest fan faces life ban

The Bradford fan arrested for alleged racial abuse of Reading's Garath McCleary in Monday's night's FA Cup replay at the Madejski Stadium faces a lifetime club ban, according to chairman Mark Lawn.

McCleary, who made Reading's opening goal and scored the second in their 3-0 quarter-final replay win, was targeted by a Bradford supporter when he later took a corner and the winger reported the incident to match officials shortly before half-time.

"I heard about that and when we find out who it was we will take action," Lawn told Press Association Sport. "I understand the police are prosecuting so we can't do anything at this stage, but if that person is found guilty we will take action.There is no place for that in the game, it is unacceptable. I would think we're looking at a lifetime ban if he's found guilty but that decision can only be made after consultation with the club's board."

Bradford fan arrested over 'racist abuse' at FA Cup quarter final replay

A 36-year-old man from Bradford has been arrested over alleged racist abuse against winger Garath McCleary during Reading's FA Cup quarter-final win over Bradford. The Jamaica international went to collect the ball for a Reading corner and was seen to make a complaint to the assistant referee, with Reading confirming in a short statement after the game that the matter had been passed on to the police.

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