Welsh Lib Dems reaffirm manifesto commitment

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today reaffirmed their manifesto commitment to introduce safe standing areas in football grounds.

In August last year, the Liberal Democrats announced that a plan to allow football clubs to work with their supporters to introduce safe standing areas would appear in their 2015 general election manifesto.

Safe standing already operates in domestic leagues across Europe, including Germany, Austria and Sweden.

70% of UK football clubs support safe standing and fans say standing provides a better atmosphere.

Introducing safe standing would also cut the price of going to watch a football match.

Peter Black AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Sport, said:

"There is quite clearly a call for safe standing in Wales and across the UK more generally. It’s an idea whose time has come, and I’m glad that the Liberal Democrats were the first party to pledge to introduce it last year.

"It’s important that we get this right, and what we’re definitely not calling for is a return to the terraces of the 1980s. What we have seen in top-tier football across Europe is ‘rail seating’ stands, which works very well.

"Safe standing would offer supporters more choice, a better atmosphere in the stadium and even cheaper tickets. When so many clubs and their fans are in favour of this, the Government shouldn’t get in the way of it happening. That’s why Liberal Democrats want to change the law to allow safe standing to become a reality."

Notes

Allowing clubs to introduce safe standing areas gives them more flexibility and could lead to a reduction in ticket prices. Watching football is expensive. Safe standing areas allow clubs to accommodate a higher density of supporters safely which can mean cheaper ticket prices for all. In both England and abroad ticket prices for standing areas are typically lower than in seated areas making the stadiums more socially inclusive. For example, standing tickets at Bayern Munich begin as low as £110 -http://www.fsf.org.uk/campaigns/safe-standing/safe-standing-facts/


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