By Max Hunter
Earlier this week a petition of safe standing in football grounds reached 100,000 signatures meaning the issue can be discussed in the House of Commons. Now the English Football League (EFL) and the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) have launched campaign called ‘Stand up for Choice’.
The EFL covers The Championship, League 1 and League 2 the other three professional football divisions outside of the Premier League. If this campaign is successful and does allow safe standing in EFL football grounds we will not be seeing it in the Premier League.
The hope is that the Stand up for Choice campaign will highlight the want and the need for standing areas in football stadiums wanted by fans and the football clubs in England and Wales.
Earlier this month Premier League side West Brownwich Albion had their proposal rejected by the government into introduce safe standing at The Hawthorns.
A Leeds United Supporters (LUST) Trust statement said: “The LUST conducted a survey regarding safe standing and the result was 97% of respondees wanted to see a section of rail seating installed at Elland Road”.
Meaning there is obvious support within Leeds United fans for safe standing. LUST claim that Tracey Crouch’s comment represent a “vocal minority” within football is “inaccurate and quite silly”.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 27, 2018
In the summer of 2016 Scottish Champions Celtic introduced a safe standing section at Celtic Park to be the first UK club to have rail seats installed. Since 2004 clubs in Germany have been able to install safe standing, the most famous of which will be Borussia Dortmund’s yellow wall.