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Boycott of Hull City’s 3rd round match to go ahead

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Despite a new managerial and coaching team being appointed at Hull City, supporters insist they will still be boycotting their 3rd round fixture against Swansea City on Saturday.

In what should be one of the highlights of the season, Hull City host Swansea City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup at the KCOM Stadium tomorrow. However, large swathes of the ground are expected to be empty with the Hull City Supporters Trust, and other fan groups, encouraging City fans to stay away.

Hull City Supporters Trust say they are protesting against the continual mismanagement of the club, with the club sitting bottom of the Premier League. Thousands of fans have stayed away from the KCOM already this year and attendances remain low, with the relationship between the owners and supporters reaching a nadir.

Chair of Hull City Supporters Trust Geoff Bielby said: “It’s been hard asking fans not to go. It’s something we’re very reluctant to do. We have been criticised by many of the die-hard fans.

“I grew up on the FA Cup, I remember when it meant much more than it does now, so it’s a very hard decision to make.”

According to the Trust, only 3,000 tickets for the fixture had been sold for the fixture (as of Wednesday).

The Trust is also asking fans who would have attended the game to donate their match ticket money to one of two local charities instead –  the Hull & East Yorkshire MIND branch and Launch Pad, a local trampolining club displaced by the Allam’s expansion of Hull City’s academy.

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