Safe Standing Campaign Reaches Parliament

Last updated : 20 November 2006 By Firparkcorner

The regulation, clearly designed by folk who have never sat in the open for a couple of hours in the worst of a Scottish winter, has been a long festering irritant to many who prefer to watch their football on their feet.

No one advocates a return to the steep banked, poorly constructed terraces of old but there is a campaign which aims to re-introduce safe standing areas for those who wish to exercise choice.

Despite the persistent refusal by the both the football authorities and governments north and south of the border to bend the rules, we see continual ‘breaches' of the regulations week in and week out - in many cases causing unnecessary tension between police or stewards and supporters (as Motherwell fans in the East Stand can testify). Ironically thousands and thousands of the Tartan Army saw Scotland beat France at the National Stadium and their seats were used only at the half time break.

The Federation of Football Supporters (FSF) and Stand Up Sit Down have been beating the drum for a number of years and the momentum is building. The latest development is in the House of Commons.

Mike Hancock the Liberal Democrat MP for Portsmouth South, has put forward the following Early Day Motion EDM101:

“That this House urges the Government to re-examine the case for introducing small, limited sections of safe standing areas at football grounds; further urges the Government to recognise that there is widespread support for such areas, and that improvements in stadium design and technology mean that with rigorous safety specifications standing areas could be safely re-introduced; and calls on the Minister concerned to convene a meeting of representatives of the police, supporters, Premier League clubs and the Football Licensing Authority to find a way forward.”.

Although the Motion is target at the institutions in England it is worthy of support from all who hope, some day, to be able to Stand Up rather than Sit Down.

If you support a return to safe standing inside our grounds then contact your own Member of Parliament to ask them to support the Early Day Motion EDM101. Click HERE to find details of your MP and how to contact him/her.

The next step is send any replies you receive to the FSF's Phil Gatenby. You can EMAIL it to Phil or alternatively post it to him at the following address:

Phil Gatenby

Football Supporters Federation

Fans' Stadium – Kingsmeadow

Jack Goodchild Way

422a Kingston Road