Hull City Council to Allams: 'Respect our city's sporting great'
THE leader of Hull City Council has called on Ehab Allam to reconsider the decision to remove Hull FC memorabilia from the KC Stadium.
As reported in today's Mail, photographs of the Airlie Birds' glory days have been removed from the venue, including the Johnny Whiteley Suite.
Photographs of Hull City stars have appeared in their place.
Mr Allam, who with his father Assem owns both Hull City and the Stadium Management Company, says the Black and Whites have not paid to display items.
But the decision has been met with fury from Hull FC fans.
Council leader Stephen Brady said: "Whilst we cannot interfere with the commercial operation of the KC Stadium, it was always the council's intention to honour Johnny Whiteley's contribution to rugby league in the city with a room named in his honour and displays of photographs and memorabilia.
"In the circumstances, I would like to ask Mr Allam to reconsider this matter out of respect to one of the city's great sporting heroes."
* See tomorrow's Mail for more on the dispute