Angry fans could ask Hull City to challenge Huddersfield travel ruling
HULL City fans have been left furious after police put restrictions on the Yorkshire derby with Huddersfield Town.
City supporters have been warned they can only travel to the game on official club coaches, causing major problems for out-of-town fans.
They have also been allocated only 1,500 tickets for the npower Championship away fixture, when the away end of the John Smith's Stadium holds up to 4,000 people.
Frustrated supporters could now ask the club to challenge the restrictions.
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Andy Dalton, editor of Amber Nectar fanzine, has missed just two away games in 13 years.
He said: "The overwhelming feeling from City fans is that we should not be treated like this.
"There has been no trouble in the past, so why West Yorkshire Police feel the need to restrict us, we don't know.
"They are insinuating we are all just hooligans and will go there to cause trouble."
Fans could now call on club officials to help them express their anger.
Mr Dalton said: "We are thinking of approaching Hull City to try to persuade them to reject the tickets to show the police we cannot be treated like this.
"The fact they feel we cannot be trusted to travel to an evening kick-off without going on a coach is ridiculous."
The match was originally set for 12.30pm on March 30 but kick-off was postponed until 5.20pm to allow the match to be televised on Sky Sports.
Superintendent Ged McManus, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "We have asked for these restrictions to enable us to control the amount of fans attending the match and reduce the level of alcohol consumption, therefore decreasing any risk to the wider public.
"I understand these measures will not be to everyone's liking, but they are a result of consultation between our- selves, both football clubs and The Football League."
The restrictions will affect supporters across the country.
Hull City Southern Supporters' (HCSS) group has more than 200 members.
Mike Scott, of the HCSS committee, said: "HCSS considers the actions taken by West Yorkshire Police to be Draconian and unnecessary.
"Denying supporters the chance to attend this important match is a totally disproportionate response by West Yorkshire Police."
West Yorkshire Police tried to impose similar sanctions in 2005 for City's game with Leeds United at Elland Road but the decision was eventually over-ruled.