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About Time Newcastle Caught Up With Sunderland?

8 years ago
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Countless surveys have shown that an overwhelming number of football supporters back the idea of fans having the choice of standing areas at matches, as well as seated ones.

The FSF (Football Supporters’ Federation) has now shown at least half of the Football League clubs now back the introduction of safe standing areas, as well as the entire Scottish Premier League.

With the likes of Sunderland putting their name to the campaign, is it about time Newcastle United put their name to it and help bring a better atmosphere to St.James’ Park?

Clubs who have formally backed the FSF Safe Standing campaign are;

Aldershot, Aston Villa, Brentford, Bristol City, Burnley, Cardiff, Crystal Palace, Derby, Doncaster, Exeter, Hull, Oldham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Shrewsbury, Sunderland, Swansea, Swindon, Watford, AFC Wimbledon, Wolves

In addition, the following already have standing areas;

Accrington Stanley, Barnet, Bristol Rovers, Burton, Carlisle, Cheltenham, Crawley, Dagenham & Redbridge, Fleetwood, Hartlepool, Morecambe, Rochdale, Scunthorpe, Stevenage, Torquay, Yeovil, York, Wycombe

Various experts and public figures have also shown their support for the idea with Wembley & Soccer City architect John Barrow of Populous saying;

“We as designers have no problem with standing at all, as in terms of safety it can be doen without any problems at all in small areas, it’s great to have standing areas.

MPs have also got in on the act with Rt Hon David Davis MP and Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP, backing safe standing areas.

Kenneth Clarke;

“I can see no reason why football clubs shouldn’t be allowed to introduce any form of accommodation that is compatible with modern safety standards”.

To add your support to the FSF Safe Standing campaign go here.

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