Sally-Ann Brown

Hull City fans to protest at tonight’s match against Sheffield United

23 February 2018

Hull City supporters are planning a protest against the club’s ownership during tonight’s Championship home game with Sheffield United.

City supporters group ‘Hull City Action For Change‘ are planning a protest march before the game. They are also planning to blow whistles around the 30 minute mark, to voice their opposition to the club’s owner.

 

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Disagreement between owners and supporters began with the Allams’ unsuccessful attempts to re-brand the club as Hull Tigers. Following this a new membership scheme that abolished concession prices led to further discontent.

Tonight’s home match at the KCOM stadium is being broadcast live on Sky.
The last live broadcast from the KCOM in October 2017 saw play held up for several minutes by hundreds of yellow balls being thrown on to the field.

Ehab Allam, Vice chairman, warned that a repeat could lead to “the abandonment of the match, sanctions or fines to the club or games being played behind closed doors”.
Nigel Adkins, Hull City manager, said they lost the game on the back of the disruption caused by the ball throwing in the October match against Nottingham Forest ( Hull were defeated 3-2). He has urged the fans to make this a peaceful protest:

“We need our supporters to make a lot of noise in the right manner….What I will say is the players need to feel as though they will be safe. I would appeal to everyone, don’t come on the pitch. I can’t see any benefit for anyone.”
This is a big night for Neil Adkins seeing the Tigers play against his former team the Blades. His management position at Hull City was his first role after being sacked by Sheffield United in 2016.

There has been a lot of response on Twitter
Geoff will @HullCityST be backing any protests?I won’t be entering the stadium as I have been in exile for 3 years. Im wondering if the Trust support the protests outside the ground though, that would be the only reason for me to attend.Differing protest numbers are bandied about

— Rob Fussey (@RobFussey) 22 February 2018

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The Lair is probably the best place to go in Hull for comments about what’s happening with the club. John bird who is not a fan of the club gave his opinion:

 

Football is not everyone’s cup of tea, but tonight’s match has certainly got people talking.

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