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Humberside Police prepared for Europa League tie

Humberside Police say they are prepared to police Hull City's Europa League tie with Lokeren "proportionately and without discrimination".

There were clashes after the first leg in Belgium when Tigers fans were led by Belgian police past a Lokeren pub they were advised to avoid.

In a statement they said they had increased resources for Thursday's game:

The majority of Hull City supporters who visited Lokeren had a fantastic time and were well behaved.

We are aware that the event was spoiled for some by incidents both before and after the match. These incidents involved a small minority of risk supporters from both Sporting Lokeren and Hull City. We’re sure all those fortunate to be able to travel to Lokeren to support Hull City will agree this was not representative of the majority of people of Lokeren, who gave Hull fans an extremely warm welcome.

Humberside Police is working in partnership with the club to make this occasion as enjoyable as possible. We sincerely hope that we do not encounter any disorder, but would like to reassure fans that we will be prepared should any individuals try to spoil the day for the majority of football lovers who are there to watch their teams. Humberside Police has increased the level of resources policing the event accordingly.

Although the intention is to join in the celebratory atmosphere, we will deal with any offences committed by either Hull City or Sporting Lokeren fans proportionately and without discrimination.

– Humberside Police

Bantams relishing 'mouthwatering tie'

Bradford City play Leeds United tonight in the second round of the Capital One Cup.

The pair have not met in a league fixture since the 2000/2001 season when both were in the Premiership. Their last meeting was in the 2011 League Cup when United ran out 3-2 winners.

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson has history in the cup, leading the Bantams to the 2013 final, and says his team can not wait to face their Yorkshire rivals:


New signing makes "ice cold" first impression

What would you do to make an impression on your first day at work? Probably not soak your boss with ice cold water.

But that's exactly what Michael Dawson did. He has just been signed to Hull City from Tottenham for an undisclosed fee.

Hockaday: I have players' support

Under fire Leeds United head coach Dave Hockaday says he has the players support, despite club president Massimo Cellino appearing to want to sack him after the 4-1 defeat to Watford.

Speaking before the Capital One Cup tie against Bradford, Hockaday said senior players had pledged their support and asked what more could be done to turn results in their favour:

Hull fans worry about second leg after violence in Lokeren

A pensioner from Hull says she is too frightened to go to this week's Hull City Europa League match after she was caught up in violence that erupted during the Tiger's defeat in Lokeren.

Belgian police say the trouble was caused by fans who had been banned from the match. But fans here are wondering what effect it will have on security at the KC stadium for the return game this Thursday.

Fiona Dwyer reports:


Tigers sign Dawson from Spurs

Hull have completed the signing of Michael Dawson from Tottenham for an

undisclosed fee.

The centre-half moves to the KC Stadium on a three-year contract after both

clubs confirmed the deal was completed via their official Twitter accounts.

Dawson began his career with Nottingham Forest, earning England Under-21 honours and securing a move to north London in 2005.

The 30-year-old spent nine years with Spurs and became club captain following the retirement of Ledley King in 2012.

Michael Dawson
Dawson is Hull's sixth signing of the summer Credit: Press Association

"I have been here for almost a decade and have loved every minute of it," he told Tottenham's Twitter feed.

"I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club, including the supporters.

"We have enjoyed some incredible moments together and I hope the club continues to move forward in the future."

Dawson becomes the Tigers' sixth signing of the summer and joins Tom Ince, Jake Livermore, Robert Snodgrass, Andrew Robertson and Harry Maguire in moving to east Yorkshire.

Boss Steve Bruce is still on the hunt for more signings before the transfer window closes but has found himself frustrated in his pursuit of Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes.

Speaking before the Dawson deal was completed, the former Birmingham boss said:

"It's up to me to bring two or three in, we're close to one in particular and we hope we can get that over the line."

He added: "I thought I had Jordan Rhodes 24 hours ago and it seems to be further away than ever. We've been negotiating for a week.

"We'll see what this week brings and hopefully bring in the two or three we need to give the squad a hand because we've already played five competitive games."

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