Hull owner Allam accused of 'blackmail'

Hull owner Allam accused of 'blackmail'
Hull owner Assem Allam

Hull owner Assem Allam has been accused of a “crude attempt at blackmail” after he threatened to quit the club within 24 hours if his controversial move to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers does not receive FA approval.

The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) is carrying out a poll of Hull fans and will send the results of the survey to the FA, which has to sanction any change to the ’playing name’.

An FSF spokesman said: “This sounds like a rather crude attempt to blackmail the FA.

“Our view is that a club’s name is part of the cultural heritage of the club and that it shouldn’t be approved by the FA unless it can clearly be shown the majority of the fans agree with it.

“We are polling our Hull City members for their view and we will send the results of that poll to the FA.”

The FA Council has to agree to Allam’s proposal before a change can take place for next season and FSF chairman Malcolm Clarke has a seat on the council representing fans’ groups and Supporters Direct.

Egypt-born businessman Allam says he has lent the club £66m and wants the name change because he believes it will boost the brand, especially abroad.

Allam told Sky Sports News: “No one on earth is allowed to question my business decisions.

“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 added that the same applied should his official application to have the club’s name-change to be rejected by the Football Association.

He said: “Still the same thing. It’s a free country. No two ways about it. Have I ever said something and went back on it? No.”

More in this Section

Kilruane knock out Tipp champions Clonoulty, but at a costKilruane knock out Tipp champions Clonoulty, but at a cost

Kosgei breaks world marathon record; Ireland's McCormack qualifies for Tokyo 2020Kosgei breaks world marathon record; Ireland's McCormack qualifies for Tokyo 2020

Nemo Rangers breeze past tame Douglas in Cork SFCNemo Rangers breeze past tame Douglas in Cork SFC

Mahon guides Sixmilebridge to fourth Clare SHC title this decadeMahon guides Sixmilebridge to fourth Clare SHC title this decade


Lifestyle

Sandhoppers for breakfast? It’s just not cricketCrickets for lunch anyone? Time - is running out - to get over our western food prejudices

Why did the Neanderthals go extinct?, asks Richard CollinsDid ear and chest infections wipe out our neanderthal ancestors?

Corkbeg Island near the mouth of Cork Harbour is today an industrial location with Ireland’s only oil refinery whose silver cylinders dominate the low-lying island like giant mugs, writes Dan McCarthy. Islands of Ireland: 'Tanks' for the memories Corkbeg

As Ireland continues to fail to meet its forestry targets, efforts are being redoubled to urge people to plant more trees, writes Donal HickeyMeeting our tree targets must be an environmental priority

More From The Irish Examiner