FA back reform of all-seater laws

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The FA has publicly come out in favour of clubs being allowed to introduce standing accommodation, according to The Times.

An FA spokesperson confirmed this morning that the association welcomed the Government’s review of the all-seater policy and supported clubs having the option to offer standing sections to their fans.

This means that all major stakeholders – the FA, the EFL, Premier League and supporters – want to see a change to the current all-seater legislation covering the Championship and Premier League.

An FA spokeswoman told The Times: “The FA supported the announcement from Sports Minister Tracey Crouch in June to conduct an ‘external analysis of evidence in relation to the all-seater policy’ and supports clubs and leagues in having the option to choose whether they wish to provide standing options for supporters should there be clear evidence that satisfies the authorities over safety and security.”

Back in June, the Sports Minister announced that the Government would begin a review of the all-seater legislation following a debate in Parliament.

Crouch told MPs the Government would work with the football authorities to identify any gaps in data which might exist relating to injuries in all-seater stadiums. The initial analysis is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Co-ordinator of the FSF’s standing campaign Peter Daykin said: “The FA understands the issues all too well.

"The Government said it wouldn't move until all the football authorities spoke with one voice, which is understandable, but now they are, all eyes are on the review.

"We are happy for the Government to take its time with the review. We want a thorough understanding of all the arguments and it's too important an issue to rush."

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