Bristol City Offer Support To Safe Standing Campaign
Wed 31st Oct 2012 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
Bristol City FC has given its support to the Football Supporters’ Federation’s Safe Standing Campaign.
The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) has been leading the Safe Standing Campaign since 2002, lodging petitions as well as speaking with MPs and clubs around the world.
City supporter and member of the Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust, Jon Darch, has led the Safe Standing Roadshow for the FSF – which visited Ashton Gate five times last season.
Pledging heir support for the campaign, Bristol Sport chairman Martin Griffiths, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into the Safe Standing Campaign and having seen the rail seat system, there could well be merit in the concept.
“Ultimately football clubs cannot do anything until the relevant authorities agree to allow Safe Standing into stadia.
“We will support the FSF’s efforts to encourage appropriate authorities to investigate the rail seat system with a view to defining criteria under which it could be introduced in future at grounds.”
Since 1994, all clubs in the Premier League and Championship have been required to provide all-seated accommodation for all spectators.
However, last December, trials of rail seats were sanctioned north of the border in the Scottish Premier League, and Aston Villa expressed an interest to become the first top flight club in England to trial safe standing.
Griffiths added: “At present there are no immediate plans to introduce Safe Standing into Ashton Gate or the new stadium project at Ashton Vale.
“But we offer our support to the FSF campaign to allow for the introduction of Safe Standing areas at football grounds in the future and would actively consider it should the relevant legislation be brought in.”
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