MP joins calls for Huddersfield v Hull City ticket rethink (video)
A HULL MP has urged the assistant chief constable of West Yorkshire Police to lift travel restrictions for Tigers' fans wanting to travel to Huddersfield.
The force has ordered Hull City fans to travel on official coaches from the city to go to next month's Championship clash.
Furious fans, some of whom live in Huddersfield, say the restrictions infringe their human rights and have threatened legal action.
Hull City have been allocated just 1,500 tickets for the clash at the John Smith's Stadium, which can hold 4,000 away fans.
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Hull East MP Karl Turner said he had a lengthy conversation with West Yorkshire Police's assistant chief constable John Robins with suggestions of a compromise.
"He said the decision of the sanctions was an operational one, based on intelligence," Mr Turner said.
"He would give me no more information apart from that.
"We need a compromise to increase the number of fans who can attend and how people can travel to the game.
"I have suggested a number of pick-up points outside Leeds, Manchester and Huddersfield so families can drive and then get a coach in.
"I've also suggested they should speak to Humberside Police to see if they can send officers to assist.
"He's taken a full note of the suggestions although it didn't seem as though he was going to change his mind."
The match was originally scheduled to kick off at 12.30pm on March 30 but this has been changed to the same day at 5.20pm.
The fixture is to be televised on Sky Sports. Both sets of fans have united in condemning the sanctions made by the police.
The Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) has received more than 100 emails from Tigers' fans who were travelling to the game from Spain and Norway, whose plans have been scuppered because they have got to go to Hull to pick up an official coach.
West Yorkshire Police Superintendent Ged McManus said a meeting was held between the police, the two clubs and the Football League, who made a joint decision to limit the tickets to 1,500 and make them part of a ticket and travel package.
He said: "Due to intelligence about some of the supporters planning to attend the match, restrictions are necessary to allow it to be policed safely and effectively.
"The safety of those attending the match and of those in Huddersfield is of paramount concern."
Hull City have said they are trying to negotiate a better deal for fans.
Some fans have vowed to boycott the game and believe the club should send the tickets back in protest.
Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Grove, said: "While I sympathise with the plight of Hull City fans due to the game being moved for TV, the policing of football matches is an operational matter for the individual police force concerned and does not fall within my jurisdiction as PCC.
"I hope some compromise can be reached to allow as many fans as possible to travel and enjoy the game."