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SBD Global/August 25, 2014/International Football
U.K. Lib Dems Looking To Change Law To Allow Safe Standing For EPL, Championship Clubs
Published August 25, 2014
JUSTICE CAMPAIGN SKEPTICAL: SKY SPORTS reported the Hillsborough Justice Campaign's Kenny Derbyshire -- "an eye-witness of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster in which 96 people were crushed to death -- believes any standing area could be dangerous." Derbyshire: "I'm totally against standing. ... It was unsafe then and it could be unsafe now. I think the only reason why the Liberal Democrats are bringing this in is to get more votes and what they are doing is wrong" (SKY SPORTS, 8/22).
'IT'S TIME': In London, Andrew Woods commented "you know politicians are getting increasingly desperate when they start targeting football supporters in an attempt to secure the popular vote." While cynics "might argue" that U.K. Deputy PM Nick Clegg and his friends "don't exactly have a great track record when it comes to their election pledges, most football supporters would probably back them on this one." Football grounds "had a better atmosphere when supporters were allowed to stand up." If "horse racing and rugby (as well as Football League and non-league football) can allow spectators to stand, why not the Premier League?" (TELEGRAPH, 8/22).