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SuperStadium Management Company Statement: Bristol City (H)

5 August 2022

Following Hull City’s opening home fixture of the 2022/23 season against Bristol City, the Superstadium Management Company (SMC) would like to offer clarification of the incidents of anti-social behaviour which led to Humberside Police bringing additional officers into the stadium.

In the 32nd minute, as Bristol City scored, an away supporter was ejected by the police after setting off a smoke canister. Bristol City have since confirmed that they intend to issue the individual with a three year football ban.

Immediately after this incident, items including bottles and coins were thrown by home fans towards Bristol City supporters. 

Following the awarding of a penalty to Hull City, and subsequent goal, a number of attempts were made by both sets of supporters to push through the segregation area. During this period, a number of stewards and police officers were subjected to violent incidents, leading to a decision by Humberside Police to bring in two additional teams of police officers to provide assistance.

At the end of the match, a small number of Hull City fans attempted to fight with Bristol City supporters who were retrieving flags. Stewards and police were able to de-escalate this situation quickly, and no injuries were reported.

To be very clear, we celebrate the passion of Hull City fans, and the general excitement and atmosphere last Saturday was exactly what the club wanted to create by the relocation of home fans to the North Stand. The description of anti-social behaviour relates to a small number of specific offences, with investigations and attempts to identify those responsible ongoing.

We acknowledge that the incidents described above were instigated by a very small minority of the fans in attendance at the match. Nevertheless, the level of anti-social behaviour observed by SMC and Humberside Police was significantly greater than had been anticipated for this match, and in-line with the EFL’s campaign to rid the sport of this type of behaviour, Hull City and the SMC are committed to ensure a thrilling, safe environment for our valued fans to enjoy their football.

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