Government 'unconvinced' by Premier League safe standing proposals

The Kop at Anfield was among the terraced areas demolished to facilitate all-seater stadia

Fans of standing believe the atmosphere generated by the legendary terraces, such as Liverpool's Kop, can be reproduced without jeopardising fans' safety

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Government has said it is "unconvinced" by plans to bring back standing areas at Premier League football grounds, dealing a blow to fans who wish for a return of the terraces.

Standing areas were banned at top-flight football grounds by the Taylor Report, published in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, which ordered all clubs in the then-First Division to move to all-seater stadia. Clubs such as Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United were obliged to refurbish their stadiums at huge cost to comply with the report's findings.

The movement to reintroduce standing has gathered momentum in recent years, with fans pointing to leagues such as Germany's Bundesliga, where standing areas are commonplace and largely trouble-free. Scottish giants Celtic have provided further encouragement by trialling a safe standing zone at their stadium this season.

However the Department of Culture, Media & Sport has said in a statement: "Since a rail seating section was installed at Celtic Park, there has been growing speculation that such accommodation could be introduced into Premier League and Championship football grounds.

"Government remains unconvinced by the case put forward for re-introducing standing accommodation at football grounds covered by the all-seater requirement, but will continue to monitor how it is working at Celtic."

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