Tigers support fans' march

Hull have given their full support to a protest march to be staged in Huddersfield town centre before Saturday's league game at the John Smith's Stadium.

Last Updated: 20/03/13 at 16:01 Post Comment

John Smith's Stadium: Protest march before Saturday's league game

John Smith's Stadium: Protest march before Saturday's league game

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The planned march, organised by the Football Supporters' Federation, will finish at the stadium in time for kick-off and aims to highlight the treatment of away football fans in general following West Yorkshire Police's decision to place the game under the highest security category.

Hull have been highly critical of West Yorkshire Police's decision to impose strict travelling restrictions on their fans after Sky Sports requested a 5.30pm kick-off to allow the game to be broadcast live.

A club statement read: "Despite Hull City having no record of fan trouble or disorder, West Yorkshire Police have placed draconian restrictions on the freedom of our fans who wish to travel to the match in their usual way.

"Since the imposition of this unprecedented level of security categorisation, we have been endeavouring to remove, or at least reduce, the categorisation which places an unpalatable slur upon the club, its fans and its home city."

The statement added: "In listening to fans we recognise, and empathise with, the deep sense of grievance over West Yorkshire Police's effective criminalisation of Hull City supporters.

"Therefore, while reluctantly accepting the increase in ticket allocation and slight reduction in travel restrictions as the most practical solution for fans wishing to attend the match, we have also decided to support a protest march organised by the Football Supporters' Federation."

Police initially allocated 1,500 away tickets and told Tigers fans they must travel on official supporters' coaches from Hull.

Following a legal challenge on behalf of teenage supporter Louis Cooper, who faced a 300-mile round trip to watch the game despite living just 30 miles from Huddersfield, the ticket allocation was raised to 1,700 and fans were told they could travel independently to Hartshead Moor Services on the M62.

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