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Safe standing to be reviewed by UK Government

The UK Government is set to commission a review into standing at football matches in the Premier League and Championship.

The matter will be debated in the House of Commons on June 25 after a petition calling for a return to safe standing was signed by more than 111,000 people.

The petition said safe standing offers a much safer alternative to fans who wish to stand, rather than sit at football matches.

After the highly successful introduction to rail seating at Celtic Park, as well as numerous Bundesliga clubs, many football fans feel that laws preventing standing areas should be relaxed, the petition added.

In response, the government said it believes that all-seater stadia are currently the best means to ensure the safety and security of fans at designated football matches in England and Wales, while continuing to work closely with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority and football authorities to consider advances in technology and data that may enhance the existing policy.

Sports minister Tracey Crouch had said there were no plans to change the all-seater policy at stadiums.

She was speaking in April after West Brom had a proposal to introduce safe standing at The Hawthorns rejected by the government.

Standing in English football’s top two divisions was outlawed by the Football Spectators’ Act in 1989, following recommendations made in the Taylor Report into the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans.

Image: Rail seats at the HDI Arena in Hannover