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Hull City unveil new crest

Hull City have unveiled their new club crest with a design that features a tiger's head but does not include the team name.

The new logo shows a tiger's head, which has been depicted on four of the club's seven previous badges, but the lack of a club name is set to spark debate among fans who have lobbied against a name change.

Chairman Assem Allam wanted to rebrand the club from Hull City AFC to Hull Tigers, citing the word city as "common" and claiming the club would be more marketable on the continent if known as 'Tigers'.

But Allam's wish was not granted by the Football Association although the club continues to use the name Hull City Tigers in statements and commercial operations.

Allam had said he would appeal the decision - which came in April - but there has been no official comment since.

Allam's son and vice-chairman, Ehab, said the new crest, which has the club's formation year of 1904 on it, helps celebrate Hull's history as they head into European football for the first time.

"This is a more stripped back and modern approach which still celebrates the club's heritage and history by focusing on our famous and well established Tiger's head," he said.

"We have also introduced '1904' to the crest to document the year our club was formed.

"Our first ever step into European competition is a new era for us all and we are all excited about the season ahead."