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Premier League to stand against return of terraces

The Premier League will not back calls from the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) to re-introduce terraces at football grounds.  

The FSF is set to launch an online petition calling for the return of standing areas at football stadiums in the Barclays Premier League and npower Championship.

Premier League chief spokesman Dan Johnson said: "Our view is that the benefits of all-seater stadia far outweigh the return of standing areas.

"They have led to more women and more children attending the games and no matter how safe standing can be made, seating is always safer.

"We will not be encouraging the government to change the law."

A spokesman from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport suggested that the FSF would have to present strong evidence if the government was to change its stance on terracing.

"Football grounds are safer and more comfortable than they were 20 years ago.

"All-seater stadia are the best means to ensure the safety and security of fans and have been a contributing factor to the increased diversity of those attending matches in recent years.

"The government appreciates that there are some supporters who would like to see the return of standing areas at football stadia, but do not believe that a compelling case has been made to change the policy."

Terraces were banned after a recommendation from the Taylor Report following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

 

Scott Hobro

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