Steve Bruce defends Hull City owner over fan dispute

Hull City chairman Assem Allam looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Norwich City at the KC Stadium on August 24, 2013
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Steve Bruce says that Hull owner Assem Allam was "misinterpreted" over his recent comments telling the club's fans that that they could "die as soon as they want".

Steve Bruce has defended Hull City owner Assem Allam over his recent controversial comments towards the fans regarding a potential name change of the club.

Allam has made it clear that he wants to rename the outfit as Hull City Tigers, which has resulted in strong criticism and banners of protest from the supporters against the decision.

The Egyptian hit back on Sunday by saying that they could "die as soon as they want" - a reference to the 'City Till We Die' movement.

This proved an unpopular interview with the Hull faithful, but Bruce feels that Allam was misunderstood when making the comments.

"I think what he was saying was he needs the situation to die, not the supporters to go away and die," Bruce told BBC Sport. "I think there's a misinterpretation. The owner's been [in Hull] 45 years, and I'm not making excuses here, but if you speak to him he still hasn't quite grasped the English language.

"I think the chairman has put something like £70m into this club, so without him there wouldn't be a club or a 'Hull City' - it would be down the tubes. We have to respect his wishes, but on the other hand he has to understand too that a lot of people feel very, very strongly about this.

"I've got to have a conversation with him. I don't think he understands quite what it means to the history and the tradition. But if he wants us to play in pink fairy dresses then he is entitled to that view."

Hull travel to Arsenal on Wednesday in the Premier League.

Steve Bruce the Hull City manager looks on prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and West Ham United at KC Stadium on September 28, 2013
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