Assem Allam's application to change the name of Hull City to Hull Tigers has been rejected, the Football Association has announced.

The Hull owner's plans were met with mutiny and protest over the issue which has overshadowed their season. Those against the change were boosted three weeks ago when the FA's membership committee said it would give a "unanimous recommendation" for the plan to be rejected.

A recent survey of season ticket holders fell on the side of Allam, with 2,565 backing him compared to 2,517 going against him. 9,159 fans did not vote. But 63.5% of the FA council voted against the name change.

An FA statement read: "The FA council has today rejected Hull City's application to change their playing name to Hull Tigers. The council's decision – carried by a 63.5% vote of its members – came after a recommendation from The FA's membership committee.