Ahead of tomorrow's fixture against Nottingham Forest, Head of Operations Paul Woodford has made the below statement.
'It’s been well documented on social media that Nottingham Forest fans have been trying to buy tickets in home areas of the ground for Saturday’s match. This clearly presents a risk to us, as we work hard to provide a safe environment in which both home and away fans can enjoy the game.
Nottingham Forest has been given the maximum away ticket allocation we can safely provide, and we’ve been working closely with Humberside Police, Nottinghamshire Police and Nottingham Forest Football Club to identify potential away fans, using various databases. In addition, tickets bought by newly registered customers without any purchase history prior to this match have been refunded.
We’re aware that this policy will inevitably cause some inconvenience to Hull City fans who were hoping to support the team at the final match of the season, perhaps as a one-off.
Equally, despite our proactive and wide-ranging measures to prevent away fans from booking tickets in home areas of the ground, it’d be unrealistic to think anything we did could prevent this from happening completely. We have additional stewards and police, who will be working hard to identify away fans who have managed to avoid our checks.
If a home fan spots a Nottingham Forest fan in the wrong area, I’d ask them to report this to a steward so it can be dealt with from the Control Room. Just as we’d ask them to report anything they were concerned about on match day.
Our aim for Saturday is the same as for any other match – to provide a safe, enjoyable environment for our valued fans to enjoy an exciting game of football. This is our last chance to make some noise and support our team at home this season. I hope we can all work together to make it a memorable day for all the right reasons.'