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Norfolk MPs back safe standing at Carrow Road

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

A cross-party group of MPs is backing Norwich City’s push for the introduction of safe standing areas at Carrow Road.

Norwich City are one of a growing number of football clubs who want to see a change in legislation to allow clubs to build new dedicated standing areas in the top two divisions of English football.

Currently, around 3,000 Canaries stand at Carrow Road in seated areas – in December the local authority’s Safety Advistory Group ordered the club to relocate some younger fans from the popular Barclay End because of standing on seats as their views were obstructed by fans standing in front of them.

Now Norman Lamb (Lib Dem MP for North Norfolk), Clive Lewis (Labour MP for Norwich South), and Chloe Smith (Conservative MP for Norwich North) have written to the Home Secretary asking her to meet with them to discuss changing the current legislation that prevents clubs from building new dedicated safe standing areas.

Norwich City season ticket holder Norman Lamb MP said: “It’s great that fans are passionate about the game and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be allowed to stand if they want.

“If other countries can introduce sensible measures that allow all fans to enjoy the game, surely it’s within our capabilities to do the same.”

The club wants to offer Norwich City fans the choice between sitting and standing accommodation, pointing to the success of safe standing at Celtic and in other countries.

“Safe standing at Norwich is a no brainer,” said Clive Lewis MP. “It’d help the club better meet their safety obligations and many fans I’ve spoken with want to see it happen as well.

“I’d also expect the introduction of safe standing to make match days more fun for groups of fans who want to stay together for games and hope that in the long-run it can lead to a reduction in the cost of getting into a match.”

Thanks to Pittaya for the image used in this article. Reproduced here under Creative Commons license.

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