Koren urges respect in name row

Hull captain Robert Koren believes respect is key to ensuring the renaming row between owner Assem Allam and supporters does not impact on-field events.

Allam's controversial proposal to replace the traditional Hull City AFC title with his preferred moniker of 'Hull Tigers' has proved the major talking point of the season at the KC Stadium.

That is no mean feat considering manager Steve Bruce has steered an unfancied side to mid-table and overseen victories over the likes of Liverpool and Newcastle.

Allam has swept aside fan groups who have petitioned him to reconsider the rebranding process and a formal application is now with the Football Association, which has promised to consult supporters before deciding whether to sign off the change.

Home matches could feasibly become the battleground for Allam's opponents to make their point, and Koren is keen for calm heads to prevail.

"I just think everyone needs to respect each other," said the Slovenian.

"The people (at the FA Council) need to make a decision now and they will make a decision. But at the end of the day, we are players and need to do our jobs on the field.

"We are just hoping the fans support us and do the right things, as they have been doing so far, on the side of the field to give us this extra lift and energy. That always matters.

"The fans are doing a great job and we are pleased with that. It's easier for everybody."

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