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Liverpool fans protest Hull City ticket prices

Two leading Liverpool FC supporter groups have announced plans to boycott their team's trip to the KC later this month because of the away ticket price of £48.

Liverpool fans protest Hull City ticket prices

Spirit of Shankley say that the mark up in price compared to the same fixture last season and compared to other Premier League games at the KC this season is unfair.

With support of the Spion Kop 1906 group, the Spirit of Shankly Management Committee have decided that we will not be attending this match. Instead, we will hold a demonstration at Anfield to voice our displeasure at the disgraceful pricing of Premier League tickets.

In solidarity, many of the regular independent coaches that are organised and travel from Liverpool will also not betravelling to this fixture. Fans can simply not afford to attend every game at the prices that are currently set.

We would encourage fans to join us on that night to tell the money men of the Premier League cartel that they cannot continue to charge exorbitant prices, whilst making obscene amounts of money. This wealth should be shared and passed back to the lifeblood of the game, the supporters.

– Spirit of Shankley

Hull City are yet to comment on the protests.

Hull manager Bruce defends Mario Balotelli

Hull manager Steve Bruce believes people are unfairly "picking on" Mario Balotelli.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli Credit: Press Association

The Liverpool striker has come under-fire after he swapped shirts with Real Madrid's Pepe at half-time on Wednesday.

It was whilst his side trailed Real by three goals in the Champions League encounter and was substituted at the break.

Hull travel to Anfield in the Premier League today (3pm) and Bruce believes Balotelli is not playing as badly as some are suggesting.


Hull city coach attacked after Liverpool game

Police are investigating after Hull City fans were injured after a supporters' coach was attacked in Liverpool yesterday.

Officers were called to Townsend Avenue, a mile from Anfield, after the game at around 5.35pm.

The coach was reportedly driving as its windows were smashed. A number of Hull City fans were on board at the time of the incident, who although shaken were largely uninjured. One man has reported suffering back pain as a result of the incident.

Officers are now examining CCTV and speaking with the coach company and witnesses from the area to trace those responsible.

"We work closely with both clubs and the local authority at football matches so they can be enjoyed safely by all. I'm sure Liverpool residents would agree that it's disappointing to hear that visitors to our city have had this experience.

"This incident will be thoroughly investigated and CCTV from the area is being sought. I would ask anyone who witnessed this incident, or who has any information to contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

– Supt Chris Markey, match commander

Hillborough joy for campaigners

Hillsborough disaster tributes Credit: ITV Granada

Hillsborough camapigners have welcomed the announcement of a pre-inquest hearing into the deaths of the 96 victims.

The Judicial Office said it would be held in London on April 25 - probably with a live video link to Liverpool.

96 Liverpool fans died in the 1989 tragedy at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium.

The original inquest verdicts were quashed last year after a report revealed a cover-up. Lord Justice Goldring has been appointed coroner for the new hearings.