Huddersfield travel deal 'just as offensive', Hull City fans say
CHANGES to travel restrictions for Hull City's clash against Huddersfield have been described as "offensive" by supporters.
West Yorkshire Police had said Tigers fans had to travel to Huddersfield on official coaches from the city, irrespective of where they live.
Now, the police have agreed to allow Hull fans to travel independently, however they must park up at Hartshead Moor Services on the M62, collect their tickets and be driven to the stadium on official coaches.
The police had also restricted the number of tickets to 1,500, when the away stand capacity is 4,000. This has now been increased to 1,700.
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In response to the modifications, Hull City supporters' groups Amber Nectar, City Independent, the Hull City Official Supporters' Club and the Hull City Southern Supporters, said in a joint statement: "It appears that West Yorkshire Police don't quite get it, do they?
"Hull City supporters being given a miserable 200 extra tickets and being told we must travel from a different part of the country is every bit as offensive; arguably more so, given this is laughably being termed a compromise.
"We jointly request the club refuses to accept an allocation of tickets unless these restrictions are lifted.
"We recommend all supporters who share our disapproval of these contemptible measures decline to attend the game.
"We are fans, not criminals, and we should not put up with this."
Louis Cooper, 15, has vowed to continue his legal fight against the sanctions.
A letter has been sent on his behalf by solicitors Deighton Pierce Glynn to West Yorkshire Police, threatening legal action.
Louis lives in Manchester but travels to every Hull City home and away game. The force has until Thursday to respond to the letter.
Louis said: "It is still not good enough and I don't think it is much of a compromise."
The match on March 30 was originally set for 12.30pm, but kick-off has been changed to 5.20pm because the game is to be televised on Sky Sports.
West Yorkshire Police originally refused permission for the game to be held at this time due to cost of policing and concerns at the prospect of away fans drinking in Huddersfield before the match starts.
They changed their mind when a series of sanctions were agreed.
A Hull City spokesman said: "This is not the ideal solution for the club or its fans.
"However, with a further increase in the ticketing allocation to 1,700, we believe this is the most practical solution available to ensure that the team enjoys its usual travelling support in an important game.
"Tiger Travel will depart from the KC Stadium, and will be stopping at both Goole and Ferrybridge services en route to the rendezvous point at Hartshead Moor services. Timings will be released in due course."
Any fans with special circumstances surrounding the fixture can contact the Hull City Ticket Office on 01482 505600, from today until Thursday, March 8.