Potentially bringing back standing areas to the top tier of English football is to be discussed next week.
Bryan Swanson of Sky Sports confirmed that at their next scheduled meeting which falls next week, representatives of all 20 Premier League clubs will take the first steps towards the possibility of allowing safe standing.
The Sky Sports journalist says that he understands that it is early days and no definitive decision will be reached either way at this initial discussion.
However, this is a massive step forward for those who believe that it is vital to bring back standing areas to help get the atmospheres at stadiums back to something like what they used to be.
Modern safe standing areas are of course nothing like what ‘more mature’ fans remember back in the days of the old Leazes End and then the Gallowgate Corner/Scoreboard.
Clubs in Germany have massive attendances which incorporate huge safe standing areas and have shown that are both safe and boost the atmosphere.
Celtic are currently running a trial this season with a 2,900 capacity safe standing area, whilst in England a number of clubs in the top two divisions have shown interest in potentially doing the same.
It would be great to see safe standing areas at both the Leazes and Gallowgate ends, to help really get the atmosphere going again at St James Park.
At pretty much every match the away fans, including Newcastle’s, stand at every stadium and little wonder that a small number of travelling supporters often supply more noise than the home fans sitting down.
Let’s hope that Newcastle United see that it is to the benefit of everybody that safe standing is brought in at the upper levels of English football and give it their full backing.
Richard Scudamore, Premier League executive chairman, speaking to Sky Sports:
“Clearly there is a legal position at the moment and we are required by law to have all-seater stadiums.
“There’s no prospect with the government of that changing at the moment. We’re not immune to the fact that this is a topic and therefore it is in discussion with our clubs.
“They are all looking at the issue and at some point it will come around our table and we will see if there’s a point at which we might open up discussions with government to see what their view is on it.”