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Football Ground Standing Pledge By UK Lib Dems

By August 23, 2014 February 7th, 2019 No Comments

Fans of football clubs in England’s top two divisions would be able to stand at games under plans put forward by the Liberal Democrats.

The party wants to change the law to allow standing areas to be brought back at the grounds of Premiership and Championship teams.

All-seater stadia were introduced more than 20 years ago in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster which left 96 Liverpool fans dead.

Hillsborough.
All-seater stadia were introduced in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster

The party stresses it does want a return of the terraces of the 1980s, but says safe standing areas could be introduced using “rail seating”, which have been successfully used by top tier clubs across Europe, including in Germany, Austria, and Sweden.

These can be locked in an upright position to allow fans to stand and lean against a barrier, but can also be converted back into seating as required.

Many fans say standing provides a better atmosphere, and the Liberal Democrat’s point out 70% of clubs support the move.

It also claims safe standing would enable clubs to cut the cost of tickets.

However, there remains strong opposition with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), which has said previously it would need to be convinced over whether it could work.

The Hillsborough Family Support Group is also against a return of standing at matches.

Source: Skynews