Hull City’s bid to change their name to Hull Tigers has been rejected for a second time, the Football Association announced Saturday.
The council of the FA, the sport’s governing body in England, voted down the proposal from Hull, who were relegated from the Premier League last season.
Hull’s Egyptian-born owner Assem Allam first floated the idea of incorporating the nickname in the East Yorkshire club’s formal name in 2013 — and has threatened to sell up should he not get his way.
Discontent among the majority of Hull fans who oppose the proposed name change was a feature of the club’s two-year stay in the Premier League.
“The FA Council has rejected Hull City’s application to change their playing name to Hull Tigers,” it said in a statement.
“The council’s decision — carried by a 69.9 percent vote of its members — came after a recommendation from the FA’s membership committee.
“The council, which is made up of representatives from across football, fully considered the recommendation in reaching its decision.”
A statement on the Championship club’s website said they acknowledged the decision and knew its chances of success were slim.
“But we also feel it is important to fight for what you believe in and we believe that being called Hull Tigers would be the best strategy for the future,” it said.
“We will be taking some time away from the club to consider our options.”