Thursday September 11th, 2014

The owner of Premier League team Hull City said Thursday that the team has been up for sale since April, after the English Football Association denied his request to change the club's name, according to the Associated Press

The owner, Assem Allam, said he has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and could stay on as owner if the appeal is successful.

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Allam wants to change the team's name to Hull Tigers. 

"We stated earlier this year that the club would be for sale should our attempt to globally promote Hull Tigers as a brand name and as a playing name be blocked," he said. "As a consequence of the FA decision on 9 April, I announced on 10 April, within 22 hours, that Hull City is for sale."

If a successful appeal comes first, Allam said there will be "no harm done." But if he finds a suitable buyer for the club before then, he will carry out the sale. 

"If it comes to selling, I will sell with tears in my eyes, because I haven't finished," he said.

- Molly Geary


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