The Football Association has now confirmed that the committee given the job of examining Hull City's plans to change the club's name to the Hull Tigers has recommended rejection.
The recommendation, which came after consultation with stakeholders within and outside of the game, will be discussed and voted on at a full FA Council meeting on 9 April 2014. The club will be able to make a further submission before the meeting.
Hull owner Assem Allam, who's invested more than £70m of his family's money into the club, has warned he'll walk away if his rebranding plans are turned down.
Hull City's bid to be re-branded as Hull Tigers is set to be rejected by the FA next month.
In the biggest blow yet to the controversial plans of owner Assem Allam, it's reported that the FA Membership Committee will make a recommendation to reject the plan when the full FA Council meets on April 9.
During the FA's own consultation process on the issue, there was unanimous opposition to the plans from supporters’ groups, the Football League and the Premier League.
Mr Allam has consistently warned that he'd walk away from the club - into which he's invested more than £70m - if his plans are rejected.
Meanwhile The FA has declined to comment.
The Premier League trophy will be in Hull today ahead of the start of the new season this weekend.
Following promotion last term, the Tigers begin their campaign at Chelsea on Sunday.