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Every demographic of Arsenal fan wants safe standing

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Arsenal fans are overwhelmingly back the introduction of safe standing, according to one of the largest surveys on the subject published today.

The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust surveyed 7,239 Arsenal supporters for their views on safe standing and 96% are in favour of its introduction in English football grounds.

Of those surveyed, 76% said they would like to utilise safe standing accommodation themselves, while 85% of those who said they would prefer to sit still wish to see its introduction at the Emirates Stadium. The most common reason given for supporting safe standing was the potential to improve atmosphere.

The Trust’s survey is the first to explore the popularity of safe standing among every demographic of supporter – and it found that every demographic group supported the introduction of safe standing.

Even among the over-60s, the group with the highest proportion of objectors, 85% supported the use of safe standing (although only 31% said they would actually use it themselves).

More than 95% of fans who identified as LGBT were in favour, 91% of women and fans from black, asian or other minority-ethnic backgrounds (BAME) were more likely to support safe standing than their white counterparts.

Tim Payton from Arsenal Supporters’ Trust said: “The football authorities had specifically requested research into this subject area as they wanted to be certain that change would appeal to all sections of football’s fanbase.

“We found that support was similarly high from all categories of fans – all ages, male and female, BME and LGBT.

“The biggest motivation that Arsenal fans had for supporting safe standing was to secure an improvement in atmosphere at football grounds.

“We are grateful to all Arsenal fans who took the time to respond so that we can convey their views into this review. We will continue to campaign for this positive change in English football.”

Thanks to Francisco Javier Gutierrez Zuñiga for the image used in this story. Reproduced here under Creative Commons license.

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