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London. The Premier League and Championship (D2) clubs in England will be able to have grandstands where fans can stand, banned since 1989, annou


London. The and Championship (D2) clubs in England will be able to have grandstands where fans can stand, banned since 1989, announced this Wednesday the authority in charge of stadium security (SGSA).

It will be a test program in which clubs must submit their candidacy between now and October 6. If authorized, a portion of the grandstand can accommodate standing fans for the remainder of the season.

An independent commission should then draw the conclusions from this experiment.

In 1989, after the Hillsborough disaster, which caused 97 deaths after an overflow of the crowd at the start of a match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, stands with standing fans had been banned from all English and Welsh stadiums.

Three years later, the ban was limited to the top two divisions.

The reintroduction of stands where fans can stand was part of the Conservatives’ program for the 2019 legislative elections and had received the support of personalities from all political persuasions.

“We had clearly indicated that we would work with fans and clubs to introduce safe standing places in football stadiums,” recalled Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston.

“Now that the preliminary studies have been carried out and that the stadiums can once again operate with full capacity in the country (after a season with games behind closed doors due to Covid), the time has come to move forward”, on this issue, added.

Interested clubs must still meet certain criteria.

Stand-up fan stands must allow fans to sit if they wish, must not disturb the vision of other supporters, especially disabled people, and a code of good conduct must be implemented among attendees.

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