Di­ame sends Hull back into Pre­mier League

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LON­DON —Hull City hit the promotion jack­pot as Mo­hamed Di­ame’s stun­ning strike sent them back to the Pre­mier League with a 1-0 win over Sh­effield Wed­nes­day in the Cham­pi­onship play-off final on Satur­day.

Ex­actly 370 days af­ter be­ing rel­e­gated from the Pre­mier League, Steve Bruce’s side sealed their third promotion to the top flight in nine sea­sons thanks to Sene­gal mid­fielder Di­ame’s mo­ment of magic at Wem­b­ley.

Di­ame’s ma­jes­tic sec­ond­half win­ner means Hull will bank the huge cash wind­fall due to Pre­mier League clubs as a re­sult of the new tele­vi­sion con­tracts that kick in next sea­son.

While Wed­nes­day would have made #170 mil­lion ($246 mil­lion, 223 mil­lion euros) if they had gone up, the value to the Tigers is #110 mil­lion as they will have to forgo para­chute pay­ments pending fol­low­ing their rel­e­ga­tion last year.

But it is the pride of count­ing them­selves among English foot­ball’s 20 elite clubs that mat­ters most to Hull, whose promotion was a much-needed tonic for the club’s Egyp­tian owner Assem Al­lam, who is se­ri­ously ill in hospi­tal.

“I thought we had too many big chances and kept miss­ing them, but thank­fully Di­ame has come up with a won­der goal that would grace any cup final,” Bruce said.

It was also a record­break­ing achieve­ment for Bruce, who is the first man­ager to win four pro­mo­tions to the top flight in the Pre­mier League era.

The for­mer Manch­ester United de­fender took Birm­ing­ham up in 2002 and 2007, and was also pro­moted with Hull in 2013.

Di­ame’s hero­ics con­tin­ued Hull’s hec­tic re­cent history as they have been pro­moted in 2013, reached the FA Cup final in 2014, rel­e­gated in 2015 and now pro­moted again.—AFP when Messi is due to tes­tify along with his fa­ther.

The court ap­pear­ance comes just days before he joins his Ar­gentina team­mates for the Copa Amer­ica in the United States.

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