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Teenager threatens legal action over Hull match restrictions

  • 22 February 2013
  • From the section England
Louis Cooper
Louis Cooper said he hoped West Yorkshire Police would rethink the decision

A 15-year-old football fan has threatened legal action against West Yorkshire Police over travel and ticket restrictions on Hull City supporters.

The force said only fans who arrive on official coaches will be allowed into the game at Huddersfield on 30 March.

Officers said the decision was to ensure the match, which has a late kick-off, could be policed safely.

Louis Cooper, from Manchester, said he had instructed solicitors to try to get the "unfair" decision overturned.

The kick-off time for the match on 30 March has been changed to 17:20 to allow Sky to broadcast it live.

West Yorkshire Police said it had limited tickets for Hull fans to 1,500 and was making them travel on official coaches to avoid trouble from all-day drinking.

Louis said fans were deeply upset over the decision.

"I went to China with Hull City in 2009 free to do what I wanted and yet in my own country I can't go to a game how I want," he said.

Hull City fans on a coach
Hull City fans will only be able to travel to the match on official club coaches

He said the police had failed to accommodate fans who did not live in Hull.

"On Monday we are sending a [solicitor's] letter before action and hopefully they might see that and say 'yes we were wrong'," he added.

The teenager's solicitor, Lochlinn Parker of Deighton Pierce Glynn, said fans were baffled by the decision and if the police did not drop the restrictions they would apply for a judicial review of the decision.

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said the matter was an operational one for the police but he had listened to the concerns raised by the fans.

He added: "I will now be speaking to the temporary chief constable to see if any of the specific concerns raised can be accommodated without compromising the safety of people across Huddersfield."

The Football Supporters' Federation has described the rules imposed by the police as "draconian".

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