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Time to end blanket standing ban says senior MP

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The chair of the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee has called on the Government to end the blanket ban on new standing areas at the top of English football.

The Times reported this morning that Damian Collins MP is likely to hold a hearing on the current all-seater legislation if the Government does not make progress on reform before the autumn.

“I believe it is time to get rid of the blanket ban on safe standing,” Collins told The Times. “And allow clubs in the Premier League and Championship to come forward with proposals which can be signed off by the police and local authorities.”

The Times reported that Premier League club chairmen are set to discuss standing at the League’s June meeting. A Parliamentary debate is also scheduled for Monday 25th June.

Collins said: “Approved standing areas could actually make it safer and satisfy those supporters who want to stand throughout.”

During Minister’s questions earlier this month, Collins asked the Sports Minister Tracey Crouch if she believed a blanket ban on standing areas in the top two flights was  appropriate. He asked whether it was better for safety authorities and local authorities to judge on “case by case basis” effectively devolving the decision to local level.

The Government’s position remains largely unchanged, supporting the maintenance of the all-seater legislation, but say they will continue to monitor the issue.

Thanks to PA Images for the picture used in this story.

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