Stand Up and support the 'Well

Last updated : 27 March 2009 By Firparkcorner

The Pars Trust are the movers of this latest attempt to give fans a choice between safe standing and seating while spectating at SPL games.

The argument in favour of reversing the current restriction is well known but nevertheless it bears repeating. The legislation (invented by folk who never had to sit outside in the teeth of a Scottish winter) has long been an irritant of those who would 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 demand 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 alter 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 of members of the Tartan Army will watch
Scotland take on Iceland at the National Stadium next week and their seats were used only at the half time break.

The wording of the petition is as follows,

Petition by Stephen A Taylor, on behalf of Pars Supporters Trust (Dunfermline Athletic Supporters Society Ltd), calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to re-introduce safe standing areas at Scottish Premier League football stadia to give professional clubs the option to have seated or standing areas at their football grounds.

It can be signed here - Scottish Parliament petitions