Hull City fan Louis Cooper 'overwhelmed' by support for Huddersfield travel challenge
A TEENAGE Hull City fan has been overwhelmed with the support he has received over his legal battle with West Yorkshire Police.
The force have said all City fans have to travel to the game at Huddersfield Town on official Tiger Travel coaches from Hull.
The clubs are in talks with the police over changing the sanctions, with a new announcement possible today.
However, in the meantime, solicitors Deighton Pierce Glynn have sent a letter to the police on behalf of Louis Cooper, 15, who is challenging the sanctions.
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Louis, who lives in Manchester and travels to every Hull City home and away game, said he would have to make a 350-mile round trip to the game, when the ground is just 30 miles away from his house.
He said: "The support has been overwhelming.
"It has gone crazy since and I feel supported by the whole football family.
"Messages of support have come in from all over England, Scotland, Europe and the Americas.
"They're not just Hull City fans, but fans of clubs all over the country."
The match on March 30 was originally set for 12.30pm, but kick-off has now 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 it starts.
They changed their mind when a series of sanctions were agreed, which included the travel restrictions and Hull City being allocated only 1,500 tickets for the Championship clash at the John Smith's Stadium, which can hold up to 4,000 away fans.
Disabled supporters will be allowed to travel to the game independently from Tiger Travel, providing they are accompanied only by their sole carer.
Louis, who has set up a blog which has been viewed by more than 3,800 people, said: "How is it that I am treated like a criminal and have to accept these ridiculous restrictions?
"I have travelled to Beijing to watch Hull City and have done so without restrictions.
"The police have made it impossible for a lot of fans to go to the game."
West Yorkshire Police would give no further details as to the talks which are taking place this week with both clubs.
Assistant Chief Constable Craig Guildhall said: "We are currently in negotiations and are speaking to both football clubs to address the issues that have been raised regarding some fans travelling to the Huddersfield Town v Hull City match at the end of March.
"West Yorkshire Police will continue to play a role, together with both clubs, in reducing the risks associated with this fixture."
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