Premier League: The FA to consult Hull fans about name change from City to Tigers
The Football Association will holds talks with Hull fans before deciding whether the team's playing name can be changed.
Last Updated: 12/12/13 8:07pm
Hull owner Assem Allam has angered sections of the club's fans by pushing ahead with plans for a name change, despite protests at the KC Stadium in recent weeks.
An application has been submitted to the FA who will discuss the proposals with stakeholders, including fans, as they consider their verdict.
A statement read: "The FA can confirm that it has received a request from Hull City to change its playing name to Hull Tigers from season 2014/15.
"Requests to change a playing name of a club are considered under FA Rule A3 (l) and require the prior written permission of the FA Council.
"As part of the evaluation of the request a consultation process will be undertaken with various stakeholders including supporter groups.
"At present The FA is not able to provide a timescale for the completion of the consultation process and does not expect to make any further comment until the assessment of the request has been completed."
A supporters group named 'City Till We Die' earlier issued its own statement calling on the FA to reject Allam's application.
It read: "We remain confident that, with the eyes of the whole footballing world upon them, the FA will make the right decision, and act to protect not only the heritage and traditions of Hull City AFC, but also those of other clubs whose identities may come under threat in the future.
"This issue matters for all football supporters, not just the people of Hull, and the decision the FA makes will set a very important precedent."