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E-petition 207040 relating to allowing Premier League and Championship football clubs to introduce safe standing

Published Thursday, June 14, 2018

A Westminster Hall debate on E-petition 207040, relating to allowing Premier League and Championship football clubs to introduce safe standing, is scheduled for Monday 25 June 2018 at 4.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Luke Hall MP, a member of the Petitions Committee.

The Library will produce a briefing or material for the debate and this page will be updated when it is made available. You can be notified when this takes place by emailing papers@parliament.uk

Further information

The subject for this debate was determined by the Petitions Committee. You may watch the debate online at parliamentlive.tv

There is more information about e-petitions on the Parliament website. 

The text of e-petition 207040, Allow Premier League and Championship football clubs to introduce safe standing, is as follows: 

Safe Standing offers a much safer alternative to fans who wish to stand, rather than sit at football matches. After the highly successful introduction to rail seating at Celtic Park, as well as numerous Bundesliga clubs, many football fans feel that laws preventing standing areas should be relaxed.

Some football clubs that already have successfully installed rail seating are: Celtic, Werder Bremen, Hamburg SV, Vfl Wolfsburg, Hannover 96 and the famous “yellow wall” at Borussia Dortmund.

In conclusion, there is a clear demand for safe standing with 92% of respondents saying fans should be given the choice to stand in safe standing areas, in a poll by the Football Fans Census, and it would only promote English football further by improving the overall matchday experience.

The Government response is available from the same page.

Library briefing

Standing at football, Commons Library briefing paper SN03937, 7 June 2018

Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0147

Authors: John Woodhouse; Sarah Pepin

Topic: Sports and Olympic Games

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