It can only be a good thing for us as lots of people want standing reintroduced but it will not be like it was before as safety proceedures still have to be followed.. See picture below:
It is worth pointing out that the people behind the hillsbrough disaster memorial are against it for obvious reasons.
EVERTON FC chief executive Keith Wyness has revealed the club would be interested in the possible return of a limited standing area, if they proceed with a proposed move to a new stadium.
In what is certain to be a controversial speech, the Goodison official told a House of Commons seminar that Everton might be interested in a pilot scheme if the Government changed the current all-seating ground regulations.
Mr Wyness stressed he was aware of the sensitivity of the issue after standing was originally banned following the Lord Justice Taylor report into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster when 96 Liverpool FC fans lost their lives.
Mr Wyness told the seminar: “As you can all imagine, this is a very sensitive issue because of where we are situated. We are looking for a new stadium and one of our options is that we could have a standing area.
“I personally went to Germany recently and watched a game at Cologne and was amazed by the atmosphere in the standing area.
“If the Government will discuss it, we may be prepared to offer ourselves as a trial if necessary.”
Phil Gatenby, who was at the Commons as the Football Supporters’ Federation’s safe standing officer, said: “Keith Wyness stood up with a microphone in front of 50 people to make his comments.”
Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock has tabled a motion in Parliament for the return of standing areas and attended Wednesday’s seminar about safe standing at football.
Mr Hancock said: “Mr Wyness said he understood it was a sensitive issue, because of the location, and out of the respect the club has for its neighbours.
“They would want to do it along the lines of covered seats that could be taken out or locked away as they do in Germany, which I favour as a very good system.
“They only said they were looking to see if it could be done as they build the new stadium.
“The standing areas would not be huge, nobody is suggesting that.
“Perhaps 10% of the stadium could be made available for certain games – for example, European games are covered by UEFA rules and must be seated.
“He said in this process, if it was to be looked into and one club was to try and experiment, he would want to offer the club, only because it is a new build.
“To be fair to him, he said he understood and respected the sensitivities in Liverpool and made that quite clear.”
The official inquiry into the Leppings Lane crush at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground, conducted by Lord Taylor, blamed poor policing and inadequate facilities for the tragedy, but the main recommendation was for the introduction of all-seater stadia and the removal of perimeter fencing.
Now 136 MPs have backed Mr Hancock’s Early Day Motion for “the Government to re-examine the case for introducing, small, limited sections of safe standing areas”. Conservative Party leader David Cameron has agreed to talks if elected.
Everton FC was the only Premiership football club represented at the seminar.
Last night, Hillsborough justice campaigner Jenni Hicks, who lost daughters, Sarah, 15, and Vicki, 19, in the tragedy, said: “I don’t want to say anything personal about Everton, but I am surprised that another Liverpool club is wanting to do this.
“I’m definitely against standing in football grounds.”
But fellow campaigner Shaun Smith said small, well-supervised standing areas could be acceptable in future.
He added: “The bottom line is, as long as the standing area is not extensively large and is well monitored, we would be supportive of that.”
Everton fans, too, approach- ed the idea with caution.
Richard Lewis, of independent group Everton Shareholders 2005, said: “I’m surprised, as we meet with Keith Wyness quarterly and there has never been any mention of this.
“It’s a backwards step from when stadiums didn’t have the technology to provide seats on different tiers.
“But if supporters want it, the club wants it, and it’s completely controlled and monitored, I imagine it would be harmless.”
Amanda Mathews, from Stand Up Sit Down, a group campaigning to give support- ers the choice, praised Mr Wyness for taking part in the debate. She said: “This is a brave step, as this was a public meeting.
“We very much hope that Everton’s open-mindedness on this issue will cause other Premiership clubs to follow suit and join in the discussion on behalf of their supporters.”