David Posted December 1, 2013 Share Posted December 1, 2013 Hull owner Assem Allam has told fans "they can die as soon as they want" in response to protests about his plans to change the club's name. Allam, who took over in 2010, infuriated some supporters with his idea to rebrand the club Hull Tigers. The Hull fans have formed a campaign group called City Till We Die. But Allam told the Independent: "They can die as soon as they want, as long as they leave the club for the majority who just want to watch good football." The 74-year-old Egypt-born businessman, who moved to Hull in 1968, first announced in August the company name had changed from Hull City AFC to Hull City Tigers, ending a part of the Yorkshire club's name which has been in effect since their formation in 1904. Allam stated a Tigers brand would be more marketable, and considered the word "City" to be "lousy" and "common". A number of supporters protested during the game against Crystal Palace last week by unfurling a banner which read "We are Hull City". But the owner added: "How can they call themselves fans, these hooligans, this militant minority, when they disturb and distract the players while taking away the rights of others to watch the football, and of companies who have paid good money for advertising?" When Hull were relegated from the Premier League in 2010 they were thought to be approximately £35m in debt but Allam insists he will walk away from the club immediately if the criticism of his proposals continues. "I'm a simple man," he said. "Do they want me to stay? If it's, 'No thank you', fine, in 24 hours the club is for sale, I do not put in one more pound and hopefully things happen quickly." The owner has already offered to refund season ticket holders who are unhappy with the name changes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/25174266 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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