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Hull owner threatens to sell club after name setback

Hull City owner Assem Allam has again threatened to walk away from the club after his proposed name-change suffered a setback on Monday.

The Football Association's membership committee made a "unanimous recommendation" to its council to reject the request from the club to change their playing name to Hull Tigers from next season.

The owner's efforts to change the club's name have sparked a furious response from supporters and the launch of the 'City Till We Die campaign'.

Assem Allam has once again threatened to walk away from the club. Credit: PA Wire

"If the FA does not allow our plan, we will walk away, put it on the market to sell the club. We would not put it into liquidation; there is a lot of money at stake. I will get my money when I sell," Mr Allam told the Guardian.

Allam said he would now ask Hull's season ticket holders to vote on the issue, before the FA hold a final vote on the matter on April 9.

The club reached the FA Cup semi-finals after a 3-0 win against Sunderland last week.

FA to reject 'Hull Tigers' name change

Hull owner Assem Allam's controversial bid to change the club's name looks all but over after the Football Association announced its membership committee had made a "unanimous recommendation" to its council to reject the request.

A general view of a Hull City logo. Credit: PA Photo

In a statement, the FA said that, at a meeting last Wednesday, its membership committee had made the recommendation to the council after "consultation with stakeholders within and outside of the game".

The statement added that a full vote would be taken as planned on April 9 and that Hull were able to respond with a new submission, having been sent the written reasons.

There was no immediate response from Allam, but he is unlikely to give up without a fight on a proposal he claims is for commercial reasons.

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Hull City renamed after owner brands name 'common'

Hull City AFC has been rebranded after the co-owner complained that the name used since 1904 was "common," the Hull Daily Mail reports.

The Premier League team will henceforth be known locally as 'Hull City Tigers' and simply as 'Hull Tigers' nationally and internationally.

Hull City AFC is being rebranded for an 'international stage'
Hull City AFC is being rebranded for an 'international stage' Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire

Co-owner Assem Allam told the newspaper that the 'AFC' part of the name - which stands for Association Football Club - had become "redundant" and was not used by fans or the media.

“We just feel that, now being on the international stage, we need to strengthen the brand identity," he said.

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