Only One Premier League Club Is Against Safe Standing According To Survey
Safe Standing is very much on the Premier League agenda with the FSF (Football Supporters Federation) revealing that only one Premier League club is actively against the idea of once again giving fans the choice of sitting or standing.
In the March issue of the FSF’s excellent free online fanzine, they report the following;
‘The FSF’s Safe Standing Campaign has come an awful long way in recent years. Fans who supported standing at football were once a marginalised voice, ignored by many
in the mainstream media, or worse, the subject of clueless articles telling us why we should be grateful for all-seaters.
That’s no longer the case. The success of the campaign has given fans confidence to voice their opinion while “below-the-line” newspaper comment sections and Twitter, mean journalists spouting the same tired nonsense are held to account like never before.
Better yet our arguments have made real headway within the “football industry”. In 2012 Aston Villa became the first Premier League club to back safe standing. Since then Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Hull City, Sunderland, and Swansea City have all backed our campaign.
In November 2013 a survey by the Mail on Sunday showed that 19 out of 20 clubs “actively support or would consider safe standing, if legislation allowed it, or are open-minded on the issue”.
The formal backing of 14 top-flight clubs is required for an issue to become Premier League policy.
It might not happen this week, next month, or even next season, but with those numbers in mind it’s not impossible to imagine a scenario where Premier League clubs vote in favour to explore the possibility of safe standing areas, just like the Football League have.
In June 2013 the Football League’s AGM took place in Vilamoura, Portugal (nice!) with more than two-thirds of the 72 clubs voting in favour of a motion to explore safe standing trials. That led to a Football League consultation asking clubs four questions relating to safe standing.
The results of the survey were revealed at the league’s meeting in Derby in February, with 70% of the clubs responding backing safe standing. Chief Executive Shaun Harvey was given an “overwhelming mandate” to lobby Sports Minister Helen Grant.
It’s great news for the fans who back the campaign, and while this is further proof that momentum is firmly on the side of the pro-safe standing camp, it doesn’t mean we’ll instantly see fully functional rail seat areas in the Football League.
The Football League will take their findings to the Coalition Government requesting a change in the law. With the Liberal Democrats already in favour, a general election around the corner and widespread support for safe standing, it will prove an interesting process.’
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