SUPPORTERS have accused Huddersfield Town of censorship after they were banned from showing banners blasting club chief Ken Davy.
Fans claim they were told to take down banners, including one reading “Davy Out”, during the 2-0 defeat to Doncaster Rovers – shown live on Sky Television – on Sunday.
They were originally told there was no problem with the banners.
But stewards at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium – who had helped them display them in the first place – then said they had to go.
Town officials had asked for the banners to be removed.
Fan Chris Crabb said: “Taking the banner away didn’t annoy me.
“It was the fact that we were told by the chief steward that it was a director of Town who had not wanted it to be shown.
“I’m a massive fan of our club and watch them week in, week out despite some of our gutless performances.
“It cost me £50 to go to a game I could have easily stayed at home to watch, but as I love Town, I have to be there supporting my team.
“The fact that I can’t even show my displeasure towards the way in which the club is being run shows just how pathetic the club has become and it is an absolute disgrace.”
Fellow fan Stuart Lowes said: “I am disgusted by the apparent censorship.
“Banners requesting Mr Davy let go the reins of Huddersfield Town were removed by request of a Huddersfield Town official, not for safety concerns, as other banners were allowed to remain.
“I can only conclude that it was a deliberate and underhand attempt at censoring the fans.
“The club has again restricted its supporters’ right to freely voice their opinions.
“It is disrespectful and wrong to the supporters of the club who have every right to voice their opinion.”
Town vice-chairman Andrew Watson said in a statement: “We need to win matches and togetherness is vital. We didn’t think it was right for the team as they entered the field in a crucial game. As it turned out it made no difference to the result, but we thought it was the right thing to do for Huddersfield Town.
“Every fan’s opinion is absolutely valid. I have had a lot of communication over the past four years through good and bad times. As those supporters know we have never, and will never, ignore peoples’ opinions which differ from our own”.
A number of fans are unhappy at the way Town owner Mr Davy is running the club, especially in the wake of a takeover bid by former Hull City chairman Adam Pearson.
Mr Davy has offered to go into partnership with Mr Pearson, but has refused to relinquish his grip on the club.
Town lie 16th in League One following consecutive defeats to Walsall and Doncaster.
Fan Paul Whitehead said he was disgusted about the treatment of supporters on Sunday.
“I would like an explanation from the club on this decision to deliberately place fans in a confrontation with stewarding officials,” he added.