KIRKLEES’ police chief has told Town fans they will not be prevented from leaving the ground at Saturday’s npower Championship game against Leeds United.
But he admits that ‘control measures’ will be in place for accessing Stadium Way.
Kirklees Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Tim Kingsman advised fans to exit via the north end of the site.
This move has infuriated Town fans who feel they are being inconvenienced at their own ground.
They feel Leeds United fans should be held back in the stadium at the end of the game.
But the Safety Advisory Panel and West Yorkshire Police said to do so would create a ‘disproportionately significant risk to the safety of not those fans but also the police and stewards’.
Chief Supt Kingsman said: “I would like to reassure all fans who will be attending the football match between Huddersfield Town and Leeds United on Saturday that your safety is paramount to us and we will in no way be preventing fans from leaving the ground.
“In the interests of public safety a one way system will be imposed for exiting the ground. Fans are advised they will be asked to leave via the North End of the site as there will be restricted access to Stadium Way.
“Those wishing to exit to the south side of the Stadium can do so. However, there will be a short delay.
“The one way system has been used on previous games to ensure public safety and the majority of fans welcome the system as it allows a steady flow of people to exit the ground safely.
“We cannot prevent fans exiting the stadium for safety reasons and nor would we wish to.
“We will continue to work closely with the club to ensure the safety of all fans, both home and away, so it can be an enjoyable experience for all.”