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FA backing safe standing


Filed: Wednesday, 29th August 2018
By: Staff Writer


The FA have finally given their backing to the re-introduction of standing at English football grounds.

Following the start of a Government review into the possibility of re-introducing standing areas at Football League and Premier League stadia, the FA have joined fellow stakeholders by giving their blessing to the new proposals.

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A spokeswoman for the ruling body told the Times: "The FA supported the announcement from Sports Minister Tracey Crouch in June to conduct an ‘external analysis of evidence in relation to the all-seater policy’.

"We support clubs and leagues in having the option to choose whether they wish to provide standing options for supporters should there be clear evidence that satisfies the authorities over safety and security."

The news was also welcomed by Football Supporter Federation standing campaigner Peter Daykin. "The FA understands the issues all too well," he said.

"The Government said it wouldn't move until all the football authorities spoke with one voice, which is understandable, but now they are, all eyes are on the review.

"We are happy for the Government to take its time with the review. We want a thorough understanding of all the arguments and it's too important an issue to rush."

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The Sports Minister announced in June that there would be a review into all-seater stadia. Their intial findings are due to be published later this year.

West Ham co-owner David Gold has previously inidicated his desire to see standing return to top flight football.





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