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Football League clubs support safe standing campaign and urge fans to sign petition

Over the last 24 hours, Football League clubs have made it known to fans of their backing to introduce safe standing.

Safe Standing offers a much safer alternative to fans who wish to stand, rather than sit at football matches. After the highly successful introduction to rail seating at Celtic Park, as well as numerous Bundesliga clubs, many football fans feel that laws preventing standing areas should be relaxed.

Check out who are the clubs backing it below…



DERBY COUNTY

BRENTFORD

NORWICH CITY

PORTSMOUTH

BRISTOL CITY

It comes after West Brom had an application to introduce safe standing at The Hawthorns rejected by the government earlier this month.

The pilot scheme would have meant 3,600 seats in the Smethwick End being converted to ‘rail seats’, which can be locked in an upright position.

Stories within the last week have seen Sports Minister Tracey Crouch “declaring war on fans” by turning a blind eye to safe standing, says the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF). We’ve also seen safe standing being backed 100% by soon to be no longer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. He said “I am in favour personally. I think the atmosphere is much better when people stand,”

“I think it is a tradition of English football to have that and overall I have to say it is much better.

“There are safety reasons why they don’t do it and I can understand that, but if the safety is right, it has my 100% backing.”

The petition has been signed 79,062 and is expected to continue getting more signatures.

If you want to sign it, you can do so by clicking HERE.

 

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