Police Stand Firm On Derby Tickets

Last updated : 05 November 2005 By Kevin Markey
This after the police turned down an appeal to abandon what Tigers chairman Adam Pearson has described as "draconian" travel restrictions.

As exclusively revealed in last week's Yorkshire Post, Hull supporters wanting to attend the New Year's Eve game at Leeds will have to make the trip on official coaches.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "We are working closely with Leeds United to ensure all fans, home and away, can attend the football in a safe and secure environment. If the club do not comply with the decision made by the safety advisory group, no tickets will be made available to Hull City."

But Pearson added: "My view all along has been it is a dangerous precedent. I thought our supporters would still want to have the choice as to whether to go or not, but from the reaction we have had at the club it is clear our supporters would rather not travel. I am delighted to be able to put that view into operation. It is frustrating because we have a great working relationship between ourselves and Leeds United. "

Shaun Harvey, Leeds's chief executive officer, said: "Leeds United would like to see as many visiting supporters inside Elland Road as is practically possible. But, as always, there are a significant number of factors to take into account for high-profile local derbies.

"As far as we are concerned, the arrangements still need to be finalised and it is disappointing the debate seems to be involving Hull City and West Yorkshire Police directly when, as the home club, we ultimately have the responsibility for safety in and around Elland Road."