Aston Villa Backs Football Supporters' Federation Campaign For Safe Standing
Aston Villa FC has become the first Premier League club to publicly support a new campaign for trials of safe standing areas in top-flight and Championship stadiums. The campaign, launched by the Football Supporters' Federation, has received backing by Villa, as well as Championship club Peterborough United, to allow small-scale trials of safe standing areas. Aston Villa has also volunteered to host a trial at its ground, Villa Park. Aston Villa CEO Paul Faulkner said: "Whenever we have discussed the topic with our fans we've found almost unanimous support for such a trial, and the concept of giving fans the choice to decide to either sit or stand at a game." FSF Safe Standing Coordinator Peter Daykin said: "For two decades since the Taylor Report, the overwhelming majority of football supporters have favoured a choice of standing and sitting at football, and fans continue to stand throughout all levels of the game today, even in the Premier League and Championship where it is against ground regulations and facilities are designed for sitting" (Aston Villa).