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Football: Young fan may sue police over match-day restrictions

A 15-year-old Hull City fan has threatened West Yorkshire Police with legal action over match-day restrictions they have placed on the game against Huddersfield on 30 March this year, reports the BBC.

Louis Cooper, a Hull City fan who lives in Manchester, was dismayed when he discovered that local police had decided to impose a travel and ticket restriction on Hull City fans travelling to the game.

The kickoff time for the match has been moved to 5.20pm and the police have decided that in order to safely police the game, only fans that arrive on official coaches will be allowed into the ground. The police have also limited the number of tickets available to away fans to 1,500.

The police say the measures are necessary to avoid fans drinking all day and causing trouble later on.

Louis Cooper says the measure unfairly targets genuine fans who wish to make their own travel arrangements for the day and he has instructed his solicitors to take legal action.

"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," said Mr Cooper.

The teenager is being represented in the matter by Lochlinn Parker of solicitor firm Deighton Pierce Glynn. Mr Parker said that the police decision had left fans baffled and that he would pursue a judicial review of the police decision if they failed to back down.

Judicial review allows anyone to challenge a decision of an official authority such as a government agency or local council. The process allows judges to overturn a decision if it is unlawfully made.

Judicial review allows a decision to be overturned if the correct procedures have not been followed, but not if the decision is simply 'wrong'.

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Teenager threatens legal action over Hull match restrictions (BBC News)