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Safe Standing in Football debated in the House of Commons

On Monday 25th June 2018 at 4.30pm Parliament debated “Safe Standing” in Football.

You can read the full debate on Parliament’s Hansard website here. 

Chief Executive for Level Playing Field, Owain Davies said “Level Playing Field’s view towards safe standing remains unchanged in that any changes should firstly not have a detrimental effect to a disabled fans experience and any changes should be done with consultations from fans and organisations. A common theme experienced by disabled fans is poor sightlines and we certainly want to make sure that with the potential implementation of safe standing doesn’t further impact this.

There is also the need to offer choice, so that if a disabled fan wishes to watch the game from the safe standing area the option to do so should be available. The DCMS will open an external analysis in conjunction with the Sports Ground Safety Authority and we hope to be in consultation as part of this process.

The bottom line is that we want legislators, clubs and stadia operators to take into account disabled fans and how they wish to experience their matchday by providing guarantees that safe standing won’t impact sightlines and that the option to be included in these areas are accounted for.”