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Football: Hull City name set to stay the same

Published on Mar 18, 2014 5:38 PM
 
Hull City's English striker Matt Fryatt (left) tries to hold off Sunderland's English forward Lee Cattermole (right) during the English FA Cup quarter-final match between Hull City and Sunderland at the KC Stadium in Kingston upon Hull, north- east England on March 9, 2014. Controversial plans to change the official name of English Premier League club Hull City appeared to have been thwarted on Monday, March 17, 2014 by the Football Association. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Controversial plans to change the official name of English Premier League club Hull City appeared to have been thwarted on Monday by the Football Association.

The membership committee of English football's governing body said it had made a "unanimous recommendation" to the FA council to reject a plan from the club's wealthy Egyptian owner Assem Allam to change the name from Hull City AFC to Hull Tigers.

Although Hull's longstanding nickname is "Tigers", many of the Humberside club's fans were up in arms at the proposal while Allam, who has invested millions of pounds into the club, threatened to quit if the plans were rejected.

It was a threat he reiterated at the weekend, having previously told fans chanting "City till I die" that they could "die as soon as they want".

 
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