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Thursday 14 December 2017

Hull's fans rage over Tigers tag

Hull owner Assem Allam's move to rebrand the Premier League new boys as Hull City Tigers from the start of the new season has met with dismay from many fans.

The controversial decision, announced yesterday morning, will do away with the Association Football Club (AFC) moniker which has been part of the Yorkshire club's name since their formation in 1904.

Allam, who took charge of the club in 2010, said that he viewed the word City as "common", "irrelevant" and a "lousy identity".

He instead wants to market the club as Hull City Tigers locally and Hull Tigers to national and international audiences.

The 73-year-old millionaire's plan has been met with anger by many supporters, who feel the club's 109-year history has been disrespected.

A poll on the Facebook page of the Hull City Official Supporters' Club which asked fans if they were for, against or indifferent to the plans was overwhelmingly weighted in favour of those opposed to the idea.

FERDINAND EXITS QPR

QPR have confirmed defender Anton Ferdinand has left the club by mutual consent.

Ferdinand (28) spent the second half of last season on loan at Turkish side Bursaspor and is now free to find a new club.

The centre-back joined Rangers from Sunderland in August 2011 and went on to make 49 appearances for the club.

A statement read: "The club would like to thank Anton for his contribution and wish him all the best for the future."

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