Blackburn Rovers chief would support safe standing

This Is Lancashire: Derek Shaw Derek Shaw

BLACKBURN Rovers managing director Derek Shaw will back a return to standing areas at football matches – provided it is safe and passed by football authorities.

Football League clubs have called for the Government to review the rule that means stadiums in the Championship must be all-seater but face opposition from Hillsborough campaigners.

A majority of the 72 clubs have voted for League chiefs to approach the sports minister to ask for a review and that rail seating - where there is a safety barrier on every row and seats can be locked in an upright position – be permitted.

Rovers chief Shaw believes a move would help solve the issue facing most clubs where sections of fans stand in seating areas.

He said: “If the option is there and the circumstances are right and everybody agrees it is safe, and passed by the authorities, then I think standing areas are absolutely fine.”

All-seater stadiums in the Championship and Premier League became law after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, and Margaret Aspinall of the Hillsborough Family Support Group said they still opposed any reversion to standing areas.

She said: “We have listened carefully to the arguments but as far as the Hillsborough Family Support Group is concerned we had a vote on this and it was a unanimous vote that there is no such thing as safe standing.”

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12:24pm Sat 8 Feb 14

A Darener says...

There is already standing at football matches...e.g.most Man U fans stand during games and that is not even in "safe" standing areas. If the continental standing area is an example of safe standing then let's do it. The fans will certainly support it.
There is already standing at football matches...e.g.most Man U fans stand during games and that is not even in "safe" standing areas. If the continental standing area is an example of safe standing then let's do it. The fans will certainly support it. A Darener

1:04pm Sat 8 Feb 14

baz58 says...

It was safe for more than 100 years, then we get a knee jerk reaction to a very rare tragedy, Unfortunately these poor Liverpool fans died, but we could have standing areas again, and because of past mistakes I believe they would be safer than all seaters, in some grounds you can feel trapped, and how the hell would you get out if something does happen.
It was safe for more than 100 years, then we get a knee jerk reaction to a very rare tragedy, Unfortunately these poor Liverpool fans died, but we could have standing areas again, and because of past mistakes I believe they would be safer than all seaters, in some grounds you can feel trapped, and how the hell would you get out if something does happen. baz58

2:30pm Sat 8 Feb 14

unclejacklegend says...

The day I'm forced to sit down, is the day I stop going to Ewood.
The day I'm forced to sit down, is the day I stop going to Ewood. unclejacklegend

12:32pm Tue 11 Feb 14

makaveli96 says...

The atmosphere is the 80s was great (mainly due to standing)

The Blackburn end just isn't the same anymore

They've even banned electronic cigs

I remember many a time people urinating down each other's legs! It's what bonded the fans, and made men, men!
The atmosphere is the 80s was great (mainly due to standing) The Blackburn end just isn't the same anymore They've even banned electronic cigs I remember many a time people urinating down each other's legs! It's what bonded the fans, and made men, men! makaveli96

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