Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


FA rejects Hull's name change

10 April 2014, 08:46

London - Egyptian owner Assem Allam's application to change the name of English Premiership Hull City to Hull Tigers has been rejected, the Football Association have announced on Wednesday.

The move came as little surprise after the FA's membership committee had said, three weeks ago, it would give a "unanimous recommendation" for the plan to be rejected.

A recent survey of Hull season ticket holders supported Allam, with 2 565 backing him compared to 2 517 going against him.

However, 9 159 fans did not vote.

But the FA said Wednesday that 63.5% of its governing body had voted against the name change.

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.

A FA statement issued Wednesday said: "The FA council has today rejected Hull City's application to change their playing name to Hull Tigers.

"The council's decision -- carried by a 63.5% vote of its members - came after a recommendation from the FA's membership committee.

"The council, which is made up of representatives from across football, fully considered the recommendation and the subsequent responses received from Hull City in reaching its decision."

Hull responded Wednesday by saying they had no comment to make on the FA's decision, urging fans to concentrate on backing the team in this weekend's FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United at Wembley.

"The club will not be making any comment on the outcome of today's FA meeting," said the Hull statement.

"Our focus is on supporting (manager) Steve Bruce and the team ahead of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final, our first in over 80 years.

"We look forward to seeing you all at Wembley."

The proposed name change has led to strained relations between Allam and supporters' groups, with the Hull owner - who has invested millions of pounds into the club - telling fans who chanted "City till I die" that they could "die as soon as they want".



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...