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FA to vote on proposed name change at Hull City

Hull City may be busy preparing for their historic FA Cup semi final clash this weekend, but off the pitch the row over the proposed name change rumbles on.

Although owner Assem Allam recieved the backing of a narrow majority of season-tickets holders in a ballot to call his team Hull Tigers - the victory is likely to prove academic.

Tomorrow the Football Association is expected to reject the proposed name change at its full council meeting.

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Cellino completes Leeds United takeover

Massimo Cellino has officially completed his takeover of Leeds, the Italian businessman's lawyers have confirmed.

Cellino's company Eleonora Sport Limited has completed its purchase of 75 per cent of the club's shares and the 57-year-old has taken his place on the board of directors.

"Massimo Cellino has now been appointed a director of LUFC Holdings & ESL has completed its purchase of 75 per cent of the shares of LUFC Holdings," Cellino's legal representatives Mishcon de Reya tweeted.

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Massimo Cellino has now been appointed a director of LUFC Holdings & ESL has completed its purchase of 75% of the shares of LUFC Holdings

Football Supporters' Federation raise concerns over Hull City ballot

The Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) has written to the FA expressing concern over the ballot of Hull City fans regarding the club's name.

The Football Supporters' Federation has written to the FA expressing concern over the ballot of Hull City fans regarding the club's name.
Fans voted in favour of changing the club's name Credit: Press Association

Fans voted narrowly in favour of accepting the name change under Assem Allam's ownership. Click here to read the full results of the ballot

However the FSF say fans have contacted them about the ballot and they have written to the FA raising four key issues with the voting process.

Read the FSF's full letter here

A statement on the FSF website says:

“Many Hull City fans have already contacted us to express their concerns in relation to the flawed ballot.

“It wasn’t neutrally worded and was a clear attempt to create a ‘yes’ vote. Even then, only one in six season ticket holders has voted yes.

“Fans are also concerned that they were required to identify themselves when voting, hardly surprising since the chairman has been openly hostile to those who disagree with him.

“The club might be allocating FA Cup final tickets soon and some fans who voted ‘no’ fear they’ll have a black mark against their name during the application process. It might even have discouraged some from voting ‘no’ in the first place.

“The ballot was not supervised by an accredited, neutral agency such as the Electoral Reform Society. Did multiple voting occur? Some fans reported IT problems while another fan was told ballot boxes were removed from the stadium early because of a rugby game.

“Hull City’s ballot does not stand up to scrutiny and we have already written to the FA arguing exactly that. The FA’s National Council will look at this issue on Wednesday – they should back their Membership Committee’s recommendation and reject the name change.”

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Leeds announce £9.5m losses

Leeds United has announced losses of £9.5million for the 2012-13 financial year.

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Leeds announce losses Credit: Press Association

The club is waiting on Football League approval for Massimo Cellino's takeover and will be hoping the Italian can provide a cash injection to improve the situation both on and off the pitch.

The 57-year-old Italian has inherited debts at Elland Road of more than £22m, the accounts confirm, and faces a huge task in reducing running costs and increasing turnover.

The Football League's Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations allow a maximum loss of £8m this season and a January transfer embargo looms for clubs that fail to comply.

Under the terms of Cellino's deal to buy 75% of the club's shares from previous owner Gulf Finance House Capital, those debts will increase to around £24m.

Since Bahrain-based investment bank GFH Capital bought Leeds from Ken Bates in December 2012, the club has made considerable losses.

Attendances have fallen by nearly eight per cent, gate receipts are down £2m and turnover has fallen from £31.8m to £28.5m.

The club's accounts for the previous financial year showed a profit of £317,000 with an operating loss of £3.3m.

The latest accounts show an operating loss of £11.6m, softened by incoming transfer fees of £2m.

It has also been revealed that club directors received £753,938 during the latest financial year, an increase from £312,200 in 2011-12.

Click here to read more about the club's recent takeover turmoil.

McDermott philosophical over United future

Leeds United boss Brian McDermott seemed relaxed over his future at the club as he was asked if this week's game against Watford would be his last.

McDermott was sacked within hours of Massimo Cellino first believing he had bought the club, only to be reinstated days later.

With Cellino's takeover now set to be approved and after a run of poor form, McDermott's position has been brought into question once again.

Hull fans vote in favour of name change

Hull City fans have voted in favour of changing the club's name to Hull Tigers and in support of the Allam family continuing to lead the club.

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15,033 season card holders were eligible to vote with 5,874 choosing to respond.

16.7% of the overall number of season card holders eligible to vote said 'No to Hull Tigers'.

The results came in as follows:

  • 2,565: Yes to Hull Tigers with the Allam Family continuing to lead the club;
  • 792: I am not too concerned and will continue to support the club either way
  • 9,159: Number of season card holders who did not vote
  • 2,517: No to Hull Tigers

The club are due to hear in the coming days if the Football Association will approve a move to change the club's name to 'Hull Tigers'.

Click here to read more about the proposed name change

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