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National fans’ organisation in England and Wales launches Safe Standing petition

The national fans’ organisation for England and Wales and FSE member, the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) has launched a petition calling for a change of existing national legislation in favour of safe standing to be allowed in Premier League and Championship grounds.

 

Fans can sign the online petition by visiting: www.fsf.org.uk/safestanding

 

The FSF argues that football fans should be given the choice to watch the game from a standing area if they wish to – and the overwhelming majority of fans back them, including a majority of those who themselves prefer to sit.

The FSF’s National Supporters’ Survey saw 90 per cent of fans call for the introduction of safe standing areas. 88 per cent of fans who prefer to stand at games cited better atmosphere as a reason while one-third felt cheaper tickets would be another benefit.

On top of that, thousands of fans regularly ignore stadium rules and choose to stand in front of their seats every week which causes further problems for those who cannot or don’t want to stand.

The chair of the FSF, Malcolm Clarke argues:Gelbe Wand Safe Standing BVB Dortmund

“That fans wish to be given the choice of whether to stand or sit and this can be done without compromising safety standards. This should be a matter for individual clubs in consultation with their fans. Safe standing has proven to be a massive success in other parts of the world and there’s no reason it couldn’t be in England and Wales.”

“The FSF does not propose that the stringent safety standards which currently exist for standing areas be weakened in any way but, as even the post-Hillsborough Taylor Report itself acknowledged, there is nothing intrinsically unsafe with standing areas.”

Well roared, Lion is all we’ve got to say to this!

From what we heard, more than 1000 fans have already signed the petition on the first day but many more are needed to make the petition a success and trigger change! So, make sure you spread the word about this campaign and sign the petition of the FSF so that fans in the UK can hopefully reclaim their right to stand up in their football grounds soon!

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