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Hull City: 5 reasons fans feel alienated by owners

Wednesday 8th November 2017
Hull City fans have been unhappy with the club's ownership under the Allam family for over four years now. A recent protest, which involved throwing tennis balls on the pitch against Nottingham Forest, was an orchestrated move as supporters try to gain more recognition. Further protests are also expected.
Here are five reasons why Hull City fans want 'AllamsOut'.

Name change saga

The Allams attempted to change the club's name to Hull Tigers. It was opposed instantly by the large majority of supporters. However, despite opposition, Assem and Ehab Allam, the owner and vice-chairman, still proposed a name change to the FA. The Allams thought the word 'City' was lousy and common, believing Tigers would appeal to people in Asia, therefore making the club a global brand.

Hull fans heavily protested against the plan. The FA later rejected the name change proposal. The supporters had won: Hull City Association Football Club would live on.

Marketing disaster

Although the name change application was rejected, the club's social media accounts still changed to Hull City Tigers and Hull Tigers. It is only in past year that the Twitter account reverted back to @Hull City. The women's team is known as Hull City Ladies on the same media platform, but the academy is referred to as Hull Tigers. It is incredibly confusing.
That is not all. Hull's Youtube and Facebook accounts are called Tigers while the club's official website is named 'HullCityTigers.com'. In addition, '#hcafc', the hashtag most supporters prefer, is no longer used on the club's Twitter account. There is also a refusal to state the word 'City' on any official marketing. It is those petty actions that have alienated the fans.

Asset stripping

Without a doubt, the Allams have stripped away the club's assets. After promotion to the Premier League in 2015/16, Steve Bruce resigned as manager following a disagreement with Ehab Allam. Hull made no notable signings during that summer and started the season with only 13 fit players. So relegation to the second tier didn't come as a huge shock.

More recently, Hull sold Harry Maguire (£17 million), Sam Clucas (£16m), Andy Robertson (£8m), Ahmed Elmohamady (£1m) along with Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone and Eldin Jakupovic (£4.5m combined). The club then spent less than half that revenue on new recruits. Consequently, Hull sit 20th in the Championship.

Comments made

The Allams have come out with some ridiculous comments such as ''the fans can die as soon as they want'' and calling own supporters 'hooligans'. Hull fans, who haven't been violent with their protests in any way, were angered by those remarks.

Membership scheme

The Allams adopted a membership scheme at the KCOM Stadium. Concessions were scrapped, meaning prices became more expensive for children and OAPs to attend games. It led to a huge drop in attendances as fans began to boycott home matches. A commission has since stated that it won't allow this to continue if Hull City gain promotion to the Premier League. The chances of that happening are slim, though, under the current regime.
Harry Mail

A big Hull City fan from Manchester. Keep an eye on leagues across Europe, the MLS and non-league in England.

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