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SBD Global/June 12, 2013/International Football

Clubs Pressure Football League To Hold Trials for Safe-Standing Areas In Stadiums

The Football League board "is to explore what steps need to be taken in order to hold trials of safe-standing areas within grounds," according to Robin Scott-Elliot of the London INDEPENDENT. Pressure "is growing on the League after a majority of its member clubs backed a motion in support of the issue at their annual general meeting in Portugal." There "remains a degree of reluctance among the League's board to push the issue" -- long term it would require the government to agree a change in the law. However, the support of clubs from across the League's three divisions following overwhelming support by Championship clubs "gives impetus to the campaign at least to push the authorities to allow trials of rail seats, the system widely used in the German Bundesliga for a number of years." One CEO said there is an expectation the League will "start lobbying in the right places." He also added that Football League Chair Greg Clarke had told him "we will make enquiries." The CEO said, "It's got the will of the people" (INDEPENDENT, 6/11).
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