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SAFE STANDING: Will it be legal in English football soon?

 

Safe standing is a concept used in Germany as a way to increase attendances and improve atmospheres at football games.

There are safe standing areas built at Celtic's ground in Scotland where rules are different to those in the English football system

Wolves, Manchester City and Manchester United are building safe standing areas within their grounds.

Tottenham Hotspur's new ground is "future-proof" as they built those areas when construction happened.

Football games in the Premier League do not permit supporters to stand, however.

 

Taylor report recommends all-seater stadiums

 

After the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, the Taylor Report looked at the reasons why 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives.

That report suggested that Premier League grounds must become all-seater stadiums to prevent tragedies such as this.

The Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) accepted that ruling and advised all clubs to adhere.

Police failures are now known as the main reason why 96 people died. They were unlawfully killed by policing errors and not terracing.

 

Studies find benefits for safe standing

 

Following this, the SGSA commissioned independent research on "the safe management of standing at football."

The Chief Executive of the SGSA, Martyn Henderson, said: "Our research is providing new insights into the positive impact that installing seats with barriers can have on crowd safety.

"The research is ongoing and we will publish the final report at the end of the season.

"In the meantime, we will work closely with the Government on the implementation of its manifesto commitment to introduce safe standing."

Their findings showed that seating areas with barriers "mitigate the risk of crowd collapse".

They also found a reduction in conflict between fans or with stewards. Wheelchair platforms can also be incorporated into such areas.

It may give clubs a way to deal with persistent standing at games.

 

The current risks of standing in all-seater stadiums

 

Current stadiums still see supporters stand throughout the game at certain points regardless of the all-seater arrangement.

There are claims that this is a dangerous situation - fans standing in an area surrounded by seats.

Especially when celebrating goals, there is a risk of a serious accident for those in such a congested area.

The seats themselves could pose a trip hazard and potentially lead to injury.

As such, people believe a safe standing to be a much safer way for people to spectate at games.

Would you like to see safe standing introduced in English football?


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