Hull City fans have branded West Yorkshire Police plans to change upcoming travel restrictions a “shabby compromise”. The Tigers visit Huddersfield Town on Saturday 30th March and WYP’s decision to enforce a “bubble” match caused uproar with fans’ groups from both clubs condemning the decision.
Restrictions limited away tickets to 1,500 and forced all supporters to travel from Hull on the club’s designated Tiger Travel service. This enforced bubble restricts freedom of movement and fans who live outside Hull are inconvenienced or unable to attend the fixture.
The stinging response to those plans from supporters has forced WYP to review their tactics with Assistant Chief Constable Craig Guildford saying they had spoken to both clubs and “listened carefully to the concerns of fans”.
The revised police plans would see Hull City fans travelling independently to Hartshead Moor Services on the M62 if they wished. Fans would still have to travel to Huddersfield from Hartshead Moor Services on official club coaches.
But fans’ groups described the police’s claim that they had listened to fans as “laughable” with supporters’ organisations Amber Nectar, City Independent, Hull City Official Supporters' Club and the Hull City Southern Supporters rejecting the “contemptible measures”.
In a joint statement they said: “It appears that West Yorkshire Police don't quite get it, do they? It wasn’t just about the ticket allocation, as dismal as that was. It wasn’t purely the inconvenience of having to travel from Hull, irrespective of where you live. It was the principle of being compelled to travel in a particular way in order to watch a football match.
“We implore West Yorkshire Police to see sense and drop these travel restrictions, increase the allocation to a full 4,000 and remove the unnecessary Category C+ [high risk] labelling of this match and make it a Category A [low risk] fixture.
“We jointly request that the club refuses to accept an allocation of tickets unless these restrictions are lifted – and we recommend that 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.”
- Any fans with special circumstances should contact the Hull City Ticket Office on 01482 505600 by Thursday 8th March.
- It’s not just Hull City fans who have to put up with bubble matches. We’ve heard of other cases at Bristol City, Burnley, Cardiff City, Leeds United, Millwall, Portsmouth, Southampton and Wolves. If your club has such restrictions imposed let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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