Hull owner will walk away if Tigers name not sanctioned

AFP| Updated: Jan 14, 2014, 23:36 PM IST

LONDON: The owner of Hull City says he will quit if the English Football Association does not allow him to change the club`s name to Hull Tigers.

Assem Allam wants to drop "City" from the 109-year-old name and rebrand his Premier League club, but the idea has been met by fierce opposition from supporters.

"No one on earth is allowed to question my business decisions - I won`t allow it," Allam told Sky Sports News on Tuesday. "And I`ll give you my CV to give you comfort and show you what I have achieved.

"I`m here to save the club and manage the club for the benefit of the community - it will never, ever be the other way around, take it from me.

"But the community can say `go away`, and I will go within 24 hours."

Allam, the 74-year-old Egyptian-born businessman, bought Hull in December 2010.

When asked what would happen if the FA said he could not change the club`s name, Allam said: "The same thing. It`s a free country. There are no two ways about it - I have never said something and then gone back on it."