Newcastle United Official Statement confirms away fans situation
Newcastle United have released an official statement on Thursday, regarding away fans.
Newspaper reports had earlier claimed that Newcastle supporters in the Leazes End would not be moved in time for next season, to allow some away fans to be next to the pitch.
Premier League clubs had agreed in 2016 that as from the current (2017/18) season, all clubs would have to have at least one section of Away fans at pitchside.
The aim was to try and ensure better atmospheres by preventing clubs putting travelling fans in the worst possible seats.
Newcastle United and Man Utd were granted exemptions for this season but the general belief amongst media and supporters, was that as from next season both clubs would have to comply.
However, whilst there is no news on Man Utd’s situation, the official Newcastle United statement released today, DOES confirm that no fans will be moved in the Leazes, with NUFC granted an indefinite exemption.
Newcastle’s United Official Statement:
“Newcastle United can confirm the club has been granted exemption from the Premier League’s ‘Away Supporter Location’ ruling.
“Premier League rule 10.3, which was introduced at the start of the 2017/18 season, requires clubs to locate away supporters together, with a minimum of one seating block to be situated pitch-side, subject to local authority approval.
“Since the redevelopment of St James’ Park in 2000, away supporters have been located on level seven of the Leazes Stand and will remain there after extensive consultation with the local authority, emergency services and independent consultants concluded it to be the most appropriate location to ensure the safety of away supporters.
“The club adopted a positive approach following notification of the Premier League’s rule change and commissioned detailed crowd flow modelling of supporter movements on a match day, to determine if a safe relocation option could be accommodated.
“This considered all stands and sections within the stadium.
“However, analysis showed that each proposed option for relocation significantly increased the risk of confrontation, conflict and potential disorder between home and away supporters entering and, in particular, exiting the stadium.
Following a number of meetings of the stadium Safety Advisory Group, the Local Authority formally agreed not to support any move of away supporters from their current location, concluding that such a relocation would introduce a significant risk to spectator safety.
“The club is satisfied that it has taken all reasonable steps to comply with the ruling and welcomes the granting of an exemption by the Premier League.”
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