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'Tigers' shot down by FA committee

ASSEM ALLAM, the Hull City owner, looks to have been thwarted in his controversial bid to change the club's name after the Football Association announced its membership committee had made a "unanimous recommendation" to its council to reject the request.

Allam wanted to rebrand his side 'Hull Tigers' as part of an effort to build a more attractive brand to market overseas.

However, in a statement the FA said that 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 the proposal, as he vowed to walk away from the club if the move was not approved.

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