Hull have accused the Football Association (FA) of “prejudice” in their rejection of the Premier League club’s attempts to change its name.
The membership committee of English football’s governing body said Monday 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.
Hull responded Tuesday by saying that season-ticket holders would be balloted on the issue, with their statement saying: “The club are disappointed with the timing of Monday’s announcement made by the FA.
“We feel we have been prejudiced right from the outset. The FA introduced a new policy to handle our application on the back of consultations with the City Til We Die group, and we therefore feel that our application was already pre-judged.
“This feeling has been reinforced with Monday’s announcement, as the club feel this will further prejudice the forthcoming ballot of season pass holders.
“However, this is now the time for the silent majority to come forward and support the club’s aspirations. Details of the ballot will be released to season pass holders within the next 48 hours.”
The full FA Council will now vote on the membership committee’s recommendation on April 9.
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”.
Allam, who has argued the name changes if necessary to make the club more marketable, said in January: “No-one on earth is allowed to question my business decisions. I won’t allow it.
“I can give you my CV to give you comfort, for what I do in business, what I have achieved, but for someone to come and question me is not allowed.
“I’m here to save the club and manage the club for the benefit of the community. It will never, never be the other way round — that the community manage it for me.
“But if the community say go away, I promise to go away within 24 hours.”
Allam took over Hull in 2010 and has overseen their rise to the Premier League.
The club are currently just five points above the relegation zone but manager Steve Bruce’s side are also in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where they will play Sheffield United.