Hull City Owner Says He’ll Sell After Team Name-Change Blocked

Hull City Chairman Assem Allam said he’s put the Premier League soccer club up for sale after his plan to change the name was blocked by the sport’s ruling body in England.

Allam wants to re-name the team the Hull Tigers, a move that supporters opposed and the Football Association stopped in April. The owner is appealing the F.A.’s decision.

“We stated earlier this year that the club would be for sale should our attempt to globally promote Hull Tigers as a brand and playing name be blocked,” Allam said today in a statement on the team’s website.

The team lost the F.A. Cup final 3-2 to Arsenal last season and finished 16th in the league in its first season back after promotion. It is 9th after three games this season.

Hull spent a club record 10 million pounds to sign Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez in the just-completed transfer window.

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