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Hull City handed FA fine for failing to control players

Hull have been fined £30,000 by the Football Association for failing to control their players against Leicester on March 14, the governing body has announced.

Credit: Press Association

City initially denied the charge but were on Friday found guilty of "failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion".

The incident was brought about by the reaction of a number of Hull players after Alex Bruce was booked by referee Jon Moss following a tackle on Riyad Mahrez.

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Hull council and Hull City row over arena

There is an the escalating row between Hull City Council and the city's Premier League football club.

The Tigers want to convert the Airco Arena into a specialist pitch for their academy, but that means the community groups which use it will have to leave.

At a meeting today, councillors vowed to fight the plans, saying the lease agreement means the arena must be available for the people of Hull to use.

Helen Steel reports:

Council vow to fight plans to turn community stadium into football pitch

Hull City Council has vowed to fight plans to convert the Airco Arena into a football pitch.

Tumbletots group plead with the Stadium Management company not to turf them out

The move would mean dozens of community sports groups would have to find alternative venues within a month.

One group, Tumbletime - a pre-school gymnastics club, says it would have to shut down completely because it wouldn't find a venue big enough.

At today's full council meeting, in a last minute addition to the agenda, councillors discussed the plans, agreeing to 'do everything possible' to stop it.

The arena is owned by the Stadium Management Company - which is owned by Hull City tycoons, the Allams. They say by converting Airco into a 3G pitch, the team's academy would have a chance of progressing and competing at a higher level.

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Hull City Council consider Airco Arena bid

Hull City Council says it will consider buying the company, owned by the Allams, which runs Hull's Airco Arena if a formal offer is made.

The Airco Arena in Hull

The Allams announced last week they want to build a new 3G football pitch, to improve their own training facilities, which means the Community Sports Clubs which use the arena will have to leave.

Mr Allam says he will sell the company to the council for £1.

However, no formal offer has been made.

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

Hull City name change rejected by tribunal

Plans submitted by Hull City owner Assem Allam to change the club's name to Hull Tigers has been rejected by an FA arbitration panel.

Hull City name change rejected by FA Council Credit: Press Association

The club had challenged the FA's decision to reject the initial application, but that challenge was rejected today by an independent arbitration tribunal.

Dr Allam has previously threatened to sell the club if his proposals were not approved.

Hull City can still pursue a name change for next season.

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