Standing in UK stadiums is a contentious issue.
A lot of fans in the UK want to see safe standing areas reintroduced into Premier League grounds after it was banned in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster.
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The issue is a divisive one, and while we’ve seen clubs such as Manchester City, Aston Villa, Hull City, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and West Ham all call for some standing areas – like those seen in German grounds – English giants Liverpool and Manchester United remain vehemently opposed to the idea for a mixture of safety and hospitality reasons. Until the elder statesmen of the English game can be convinced, little is likely to change.
Swansea are the latest club to come out in support of standing zones. A fan survey at the Liberty Stadium which was released today showed a mammoth 96 percent of Swans fans are behind the move.
Andrew Davies – leader of the Welsh Conservatives, said in a statement: “While safety has to be the top priority, a pilot would be a sensible way to assess the evidence for reviewing the current all-seater policy and the political will exists in Wales to lead the way on this. It’s time to let us get on with it”
“With the vast sums being pumped into football, and the growing sense that ordinary fans are being priced out of the sport they love, this is an opportunity to give something back. It would be a huge shame to waste it”.
The FA and the Premier League currently remain opposed to the move.