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Football League club rule themselves out of Champions League with stadium plans

Norwich City are turning their backs on EVER reaching the Champions League.

Canaries managing director Steve Stone declared there would not be safe standing provision for European football, since “it is unlikely the club will ever be in the Champions League”.



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The club’s managing director Steve Stone has reportedly claimed: “it is unlikely the club will ever be in the Champions League.”

The comments, reported on the Canaries Trust website, have been denied by City, who claim they are “grossly inaccurate” and that the club would be delighted to qualify for Europe.

Norwich are at the forefront of football teams pushing MPs for a change to safe standing laws, which would need an act of Parliament, after the 1990 Taylor Report.

Stone provided fans with an update on safe standing plans at last week’s AGM Q&A session.

He said: “As reported widely the local MPs have written to the Sports Minister supporting safe standing.

“The club have done the costings, but it is expected legislation will have to wait until Brexit issues are completed.

“If it is allowed a rail system will be applied right across the Lower Barclay [stand] and those current LB season ticket holders who wish to sit will have to move.

“Since it is unlikely that the club will ever be in the Champions League, the club will take the cheaper option of just installing rails without the required lock up seats.

“This will not increase the capacity but should help improve the atmosphere which is noted by both players and management to be poor.”

The club are looking at a number of options, including one where they could initially install safe standing with the choice of fitting locking seats if they qualify for Europe.

The Canaries famously knocked Bayern Munich out of the 1993/94 UEFA Cup, with a 2-1 win, clinching a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road, before being knocked out by Inter Milan in the third round.

 

Take a look at the social media reaction on the club’s call for safe standing on the next page.

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