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Government plans more standing pilots

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 8 2021 07:21AM

Bantams Supporters Trust are really pleased that the Government have indicated that further standing areas will be coming to the top two divisions before the end of the season.

The Chair of the Trust, Manny Dominguez, who has long been an advocate of the railed seating technology in designated safe standing areas as adopted in Germany says, “we are a step closer to the realization of football being able to provide the choice to stand or sit throughout the top 2 division.”

The BBC reported on 29th August that ministers will instruct the regulator, the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA), to choose early adopters for trials of standing areas in the Premier League and Championship as soon as possible.

If the initial trials prove successful, the expectation is legislation would be widened out to cover all stadiums in England’s top two divisions within the next few years.

A spokesperson for the Sports Ground Safety Authority said: “We are working closely with the government on planning the next steps for implementing this manifesto commitment.”

FSA chair Malcolm Clarke said: “People who want to stand should be able to do so in safety. Those who want to sit should be able to do so without having their view blocked.

“The safety and customer care arguments have been won. We would urge the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to proceed as soon as possible.”

To read more click on to the FSA article here.

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