FA set to reject Hull name change

The FA is set to reject Hull City’s application to change their name to Hull Tigers, after it were advised against it by its membership committee, BBC Sport has reported.

Shortly before the start of the current season, Hull City owner Assem Allam announced plans for a name change, in order for the club’s brand to appeal to a wider international audience, with the Egyptian citing the name ‘City’ as too common. Allam has already changed the name of the company which runs the Premier League club to Hull City Tigers.

Throughout Allam’s campaign to change the club’s name, groups of supporters have expressed their opposition to the proposal, but the owner has threatened to sell the club should the application not prove successful.

And now, the FA’s membership committee has voted unanimously against changing the 110-year-old name, with a final decision set to be made on April 9. A statement read: “The FA can confirm its membership committee met on Wednesday [12 March] and has made a unanimous recommendation to the FA council to reject Hull City’s request to change their playing name to Hull Tigers from next season.

“The recommendation, which came after consultation with stakeholders within and outside of the game, will be discussed and voted upon at a full FA council meeting on 9 April 2014. Hull City are able to make a further submission to the FA council in view of the written reasons, which they have received, before the 9 April meeting.”

In reaction to the vote, Football Supporters Federation chief Kevin Miles said: “This is undoubtedly the right decision and credit should go both to the FA and to Hull City fans, who led a tremendous campaign.

“The fans’ groups and fanzines who came together under the City Till We Die banner have protected their club’s heritage and 110-year-old name with great dignity. The FA’s decision should also serve as a warning to other owners that such fundamental changes to a club’s identity should not be made without the support of the fans.”

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