Premier League may al­low stand­ing

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

LON­DON (AP): THE PREMIER League will as­sess the safety and vi­a­bil­ity of al­low­ing fans to stand at games.

It would re­quire a change to the law man­dat­ing all-seater sta­di­ums that was in­tro­duced af­ter the 1989 Hills­bor­ough dis­as­ter, when 96 Liver­pool fans were crushed to death in an over­crowded stand­ing area of the sta­dium in Sh­effield.

So-called ‘safe-stand­ing’ has been in­tro­duced in Scot­land where seats can be flipped up and locked in place, pro­vid­ing space to stand be­hind a waist-high rail.

The Premier League was asked by its clubs at a meet­ing yes­ter­day to ex­plore safety, tech­ni­cal and le­gal is­sues around safe-stand­ing.

West Ham co-owner David Gold says it’s a “dif­fi­cult sub­ject” and there’s “so much to be done”.

But Gold added that “we prob­a­bly took the first step” to­ward safe-stand­ing.

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