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Hull City owner will be at Wembley despite FA knock back on name change

Hull manager Steve Bruce leads his Hull team out against one of his former clubs in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final. Hull are clear favourites to join Arsenal in the final. Bruce was in charge of opponents Sheffield United between July 1998 and May 1999 before resigning.

It was his first job a manager, with Bruce going on to take charge of Huddersfield, Wigan (twice), Crystal Palace, Birmingham and Sunderland.

"I've had a couple of breaks in there, been sacked, resigned a couple of times," added Bruce. "Why do I keep coming back? Because of days like Sunday."

Bruce won the FA Cup three times as a player with Manchester United, and now he wants to experience winning the competition as a manager.

"It's not often you get to an FA Cup final as a player or a manager," he said. "It's taken me 16 years to get to a semi-final, so that shows you."

The irony of the game will also not be lost on Hull's Egyptian-born businessman Assem Allam who's controversial bid to change their name to Hull Tigers was rejected by the FA, earlier this week.

In that ruling, the FA, who will entertain Allam at Wembley, said:

“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.

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.

It added: “Our focus is on supporting (manager) Steve Bruce and the team ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final (against Sheffield United), our first in over 80 years.”

Fans’ group City Till We Die was formed to oppose the proposed name-change, while the club said a ballot of season-ticket holders came out narrowly in favour of the move, although less than half of the 15,033 season card holders voted.

The 74-year-old Allam has previously said he would quit the club if the FA refused to sanction the name change, but nonetheless will be at Wembley on Sunday to hopefully see his side make the FA Cup Final for the first time in their history.



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