opening file english football In 2022, it also saw the return of an old tradition: having standing fans. The 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge saw a successful test in the “safe standing” sector, where a rod is placed in front of the chair, giving fans the chance to watch. Banned since 1994.
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In addition to the new arrivals, Chelsea, Tottenham, Cardiff, Manchester United and Manchester City were the first clubs to be allowed to open these areas in January. The safe arrangement was outlawed by English law after tragedies such as the Hillsborough disaster, which resulted in the deaths of 97 Liverpool fans in 1989. Five years later, a law came into force requiring all stadiums to be reserved and fans to remain seated.
🏟 A first look at Chelsea’s safe-stage being tested in the Premier League for the first time at Stamford Bridge against Liverpool today pic.twitter.com/Ky0LTsxhGd
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“Now is the time to test the safe standings in the Premier League, before making a public decision,” British Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said just days before his debut. “Fans deserve different options to enjoy a live match,” but safety “remains paramount.”
The Football Supporters’ Association chief executive Kevin Miles believes that the reintroduction of standing areas would be welcome by all clubs. “This is a great revolutionary victory for common sense, with a huge step forward from the point of view of safety, but also of customer choice,” he said. “No one is asking everyone to stand. You will have the option of being able to sit with a clear view because the people around you are not standing. This creates a great atmosphere and even the people who are seated will benefit from this extra injection of passion into the games.” BBC.
One of the few positives in 2021 for #mufc The fan power has been returned. The railway seating scene at Old Trafford is as welcome as plans to finally modernize the stadium pic.twitter.com/EdmK109o4i
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