STAND UP FOR TOWN

Cllr Cahal Burke supports the introduction of safe standing at football grounds

I support The Huddersfield Town Supporters Association and Cowshed Loyal (formerly NSL) who have teamed up with the Football Supporters’ Federation to bring safe standing to the John Smith’s Stadium.
When clubs and fans are in favour of safe standing and it can be done safely, then the Government shouldn’t get in the way.

Top flight and Championship stadiums have to be all-seater after terraces were outlawed in the aftermath of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster when 96 Liverpool fans died during the FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground.

But there is widespread support among fans who say standing creates a better atmosphere with 90% saying they want the choice to sit or to stand.

I and the Liberal Democrats back ‘rail seating’ as used by European clubs which means they can offer standing or sitting as needed.

Celtic have a rail seat area and the authorities in Scotland know it can be done safely – why shouldn’t clubs in England and Wales be allowed identical safe standing facilities?

The introduction of safe standing at football grounds would guarantee fans a better atmosphere and cheaper tickets.

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