Police compromise in Huddersfield v Hull City tickets row
West Yorkshire Police have agreed to a compromise in the Huddersfield v Hull City travel row.
The Tigers' ticket allocation for the match at the John Smith's Stadium on March 30 will be raised from 1,500 to 1,700.
Supporters will be allowed to travel independently to Hartshead Moor Services on the M62.
Free parking will be provided at the services and fans will travel to the ground on buses put on by City.
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And arrangements will be made for City fans who live in Huddersfield and for those who have already bought train tickets.
The visit to Huddersfield was originally scheduled for 12.30pm on Saturday, March 30.
Problems began when Sky requested kick-off be put back to 5.20pm to allow the game to be broadcast live.
West Yorkshire Police agreed to the move on condition City fans were allocated just 1,500 tickets and travelled only on official coaches from Hull.
But the sanctions drew widespread criticism from fans of both clubs, football supporters' bodies and politicians.
The restrictions led to a legal challenge on behalf of teenage supporter Louis Cooper, who was facing a 300-mile round trip to watch the game despite living just 30 miles from Huddersfield.
In a statement released this evening, West Yorkshire Police's Assistant Chief Constable Craig Guildford, said: "We have listened carefully to the concerns of fans and those who have raised concerns on their behalf.
"We have worked together collectively in modifying the transport arrangements which will promote safety in line with our collective responsibilities.
"Suggestions have been made which we have discussed in detail and incorporated into the policing plan.
"Consequently the transport arrangements have been modified to facilitate free parking in West Yorkshire for fans wishing to travel independently.
"This will be at the Hartshead Moor services between junctions 25 and 26 of the M62 and will be stewarded by Hull City officials who have agreed to provide tickets at the services on the day to Hull City fans who reside outside the area.
"Once they have collected their tickets, those fans will be taken to the ground on buses provided by Hull City.
"Local arrangements will be made to accommodate a small number of Hull fans who live in Huddersfield and for those who have already purchased train tickets.
"As before, disabled fans will be able to make the normal travel arrangements they would make for any game with the normal level of support and assistance.
"We continue to work closely with both Huddersfield Town and Hull City with who we have had productive and supportive talks this week."
"Throughout this process we have endeavoured to balance flexibility with the safety risks West Yorkshire Police have associated with this fixture.
"This match is taking place during the busy Easter weekend and the Police have a responsibility to ensure safety on the day for football supporters and other members of the public in the Huddersfield area including those who live, work and visit the town centre."
In the statement, Hull City said the solution "was not ideal" for the club or its fans but was "the most practical and safest solution available to ensure that the team enjoys its usual travelling support in an important game".
However, the club dismissed police concerns that an evening fixture would increase the likelihood of disorder.
"Hull City believes its travelling support is overwhelmingly well-behaved and good-humoured, and doesn’t pose any material risk of this nature," it said.
East Hull MP Karl Turner, who had criticised the police sanctions, said the compromise was not ideal but was "much better than the original situation".
He called for discussions with the Football Association and the Home Office on the future of policing in football.
West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "I am pleased everyone involved in this process has worked constructively to allow us to find an accommodation, while keeping safeguards to ensure wider safety."
• Tickets will go on sale to season pass-holders on Monday, March 11.
• Fans with "special circumstances" should contact the Hull City ticket office on 01482 505600, between Monday and Thursday next week.
• Tiger Travel will depart from the KC Stadium, and will stop at Goole and Ferrybridge services en route to the rendezvous point at Hartshead Moor.