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The return of standing stands experienced in January in English stadiums

2021-09-22T14:35:24.101Z

The English first and second division clubs (Premier League and Championship) will be able to set up from January stands where supporters remain standing, banned since 1989, the stadium security authority (SGSA) announced on Wednesday. .



This will be a testing program for which clubs must apply by October 6.

If authorized, a portion of the stand will be able to accommodate standing supporters for the remainder of the season.

An independent commission will then have to draw the conclusions of this experiment.

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In 1989, after the Hillsborough disaster, which left 97 people dead after a crowd movement at the very start of a match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, standing stands were banned in all English and Welsh stadiums.

Three years later, the ban had been limited to the two top divisions.

The reintroduction of stands where supporters can stand was part of the Conservatives' program for the 2019 legislative elections and had received the support of figures from all political stripes.

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We made it clear that we would work with supporters and clubs to introduce safe standing places in football stadiums

," Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said.

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Now that the preliminary studies have been carried out and that the stadiums can again operate at full capacity in the country (after a season behind closed doors due to the Covid), the time has come to move forward

" on this subject, a- he added. Interested clubs must, however, fulfill a number of criteria. The standing stands should nevertheless allow supporters to sit down if they wish, they should not obstruct the view of other supporters, in particular people with disabilities, and a code of conduct for supporters should be in place. .

Source: lefigaro

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