Premier League may allow standing
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.