Following Ehab Allam’s statement last week calling for an amnesty with Hull City fans, HCST would like to update supporters with our position on the matter.
Firstly, we’ve had a lot of feedback on social media and e-mails from our members and other supporters which has been very useful to us in understanding the feeling on the subject.
As we have always maintained, we are absolutely open to dialogue with the club on key issues which concern supporters. Indeed, that is one of the main reasons the Trust exists and it is something we have requested for a long time.
We would happily lead a call to supporters to put a halt to protests if the club were to provide solutions to supporters’ long-term grievances such as concessions. The protests take place because supporters are so dissatisfied about these issues, so it stands to reason that they should stop if the club were to resolve them.
It is clear however, that the proposal of ‘concession’ tickets made in Mr Allam’s statement last week is far from satisfactory, and this is reflected in almost all of the feedback we have received. The proposal is worded in such a way that it is impossible under any circumstance for anyone to pay less than they do now for the same seat, unless an accompanying adult supporter makes up the difference. Adults who attend without children will pay more than they do now. The proposed changes are in practice just a price rise for certain supporters.
If, as promised, the club will engage in dialogue with supporters groups, a much more worthwhile arrangement will need to be made in order for an amnesty to be agreed.
As yet, we have had no contact from the club on this matter. We have pro-actively contacted them earlier this week to try and initiate a swift dialogue, but we have had no response so far.
Therefore, with the current situation remaining unchanged, we will not encourage supporters to stop protesting at matches until such time that the club follows up its request for an amnesty with meaningful dialogue and actions.
Update: We have now been invited to a meeting of the club’s Supporters’ Committee which will be attended by Assem and Ehab Allam to discuss these issues further.