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YouGov poll shows support for change to standing laws

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Almost two-thirds of MPs believe the all-seater legislation governing the top two flights of English football should be reformed, according to data from YouGov.

The polling company recently asked 100 MPs whether they wanted to see a change in the law to allow licensed standing areas at the top of English football. 62 of those asked backed the choice to stand, 22 were against and 15 were undecided.

YouGov also polled 2,000 adults on the same question and nearly half backed reform, with a third undecided. Only one in six were against changing the law.

Support was significantly higher amongst those interested in football and more familiar with the issue. Seven out of ten adults surveyed, who said they had an interest in football, were in favour of reform.

This rose further amongst those described by YouGov as having a “strong interest in the game”, with the number increasing to almost eight out of ten.

Back in June 2018, the Sports Minister announced that the Government would begin a review of the all-seater legislation following a debate in Parliament – that review has since been completed and is awaiting publication.

Thanks to PA Images for the image used in this article.

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