Hull City vs Leeds United: SMC Statement

A fixture of this nature can pose significant challenges; this was a local derby, an all-ticket match and with Leeds selling out their full allocation, we anticipated some fans would look to purchase tickets in home areas. 
 
However, it is extremely difficult to identify all of these supporters in advance, with some opposition fans having local postcodes.
 
A risk-based decision was taken on the day to relocate, rather than eject, visiting supporters from home areas in the interest of spectator and staff safety.
 
This decision was made given the high number of Leeds fans identified in home areas of the stadium.
 
We accept the means of relocating these supporters along the East Stand aggravated some home fans and caused distress.
 
We wholeheartedly apologise to those fans whose matchday experience was adversely affected.
 
Discussions have taken place with the relevant parties and we are looking at tightening our ticketing and stewarding procedures to mitigate the risk of this happening in the future.
 
We are considering different options, such as increasing the away allocation and/or removing general admission and selling to existing supporters on our database.