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Hull City Egyptian owner Assem Allam plans to rename club ‘Hull Tigers’
After meeting with the board and supporters groups, Egyptian chairman Dr.Assem Allam decides to remove ‘AFC’ from the club’s name.
The announcement was made yesterday via a statement from Allam who said that the shortening of the name will enable the club to “acquire the stadium freehold”.
He goes on to say that this move will make it possible for the the club to “create the infrastructure in the surrounding area” and that income will be generated from other sources than the club already has.
The decision to shorten the club’s name was made months back with the current name being “Hull City Tigers”.
But that’s not all as the Egyptian intends to make another decision by early next year on whether to shorten the club’s name even more just to ‘Hull Tigers’ as he thinks ‘City’ is just “lousy & common” while Tigers will give them “global impact.”
Dr. Allam ended his statement saying: “I believe the representatives at the meeting accepted that there is a wider issue at hand, in that we need to ensure the club can sustain itself through commercial income.”
This has put Allam under intense pressure from the fans as they think that “AFC” is a part of the club’s tradition, which was named back in 1904 (109 years ago) with some fans going as far as unfollowing the club’s official account on social media website Twitter.
A tweet from Hull City’s Ultras group urged fans against the name change not to wear anything with the Hull Tigers name/badge on it but wear their Hull City AFC merchandise instead.