Hull City’s Steve Harper calls for no protesting on Saturday but support for the team in relegation battle

Hull City goalkeeper Steve Harper has pleaded with the supporters for an end to the protests aimed at club owner Assem Allam, and instead wants the fans to cheer on the Tigers in their survival push this weekend, reports Sky Sports.

Hull have been struggling in the Premier League this season, after looking comfortably away from safety for long periods earlier in the campaign. Their poor form comes while owner Allam is still planning on changing the name of the club for marketing reasons, and supporters have understandably rejected the idea.

However, Allam isn’t giving up in his pursuit to get the name changed to ‘Hull Tigers’, which is why the protests to have the owner leave his post aren’t subsiding. All through the season, the argument between owner and fans has continued, and supporters are seen in games with banners calling for the owner to leave, while chanting songs requesting his exit too.

But Steve Harper – who was recently named Hull City’s Player of the Month – has called on the fans to use their energy to support the team and not focus on the protests. Hull are far from safe in the Premier League with only three games remaining, and Harper wants the fans to do their bit to help.

“Thank you to all the Hull City fans that voted for me. Huge game now on Saturday. We need you all behind us on Saturday, no dissent or protests just 90 minutes’ fantastic support to help us get the result we need,” he said on Twitter.

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