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Safe Standing: An Open Meeting

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

Thursday 23rd June,
Kick off 6.30pm (for 7pm start).

The Sandon,
Oakfield House,
166 – 182 Oakfield Road,
Anfield, Liverpool.

Register here: register@fsf.org.uk

In recent months the Football Supporters’ Federation has re-launched its Safe Standing Campaign and, after much thought and consideration, will hold an open meeting in Liverpool on Thursday 23rd June.

The open meeting will see the panel take questions from the floor, explain precisely what we’re campaigning for, and address the concerns of those who have reservations about our proposals. The panel includes:

  • Malcolm Clarke – Chair of the FSF.
  • Tony Evans (Event Chair) – Sports Editor at the Times.
  • Professor Steve Frosdick – Birmingham City University and founder member of the UK Football Safety Officers’ Association.
  • Paul Jones – season ticket holder on the Kop.

Those attending will also have the opportunity to view a life-size model rail seat area, built to Green Guide safety specifications. The FSF believes that football clubs in the top two tiers should have the option to install rail seating in their ground, if they so wish. The rail seat model has already made its first public appearance at Wolves’ Molineux and will be visiting a variety of other clubs over the coming weeks and months as part of the Safe Standing Roadshow.

Amanda Jacks of the FSF said: “We do not underestimate the sensitivities on Merseyside and have nothing but respect and compassion for those who lost loved ones at Hillsborough. We know that some minds can never be changed but we hope to offer reassurance to those who believe standing areas are inherently unsafe. The FSF would never back anything which puts fans at risk and we’d encourage people to come along and listen to what we have to say.”

This event is free but registration is required: register@fsf.org.uk

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