FA rejects Hull City bid to change name to Tigers

English Premier League club Hull City’s controversial bid to change their name to Hull Tigers has been rejected by the FA, the governing body said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The FA Council, which is made up of representatives from across football, fully considered the recommendation and the subsequent responses received from Hull City in reaching its decision,” the FA said on its website.

The governing body said the decision had been carried with 63.5 percent support of its members.

Egyptian-born businessman Assem Allam bought Hull in December 2010 and announced plans late last year to change the club’s name in a bid to raise its profile overseas.

A statement on Hull’s official website on Wednesday said the club would not be making any comment on the FA’s decision.