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Royals Give Backing To Safe Standing

The club have announced their support for the idea of future ‘safe standing’ at the Madejski Stadium in a recent Football League consultation.

Scott Heavey

In a statement released this afternoon, Reading spokesman Craig Mortimer-Zhika said that the club is "fully behind the League and FSF in the process", and also affirmed the club's concerns for the safety of fans at matches, saying that the "first consideration must be crowd safety".

However, with regards to the practicality of ‘safe standing' being introduced at the Madejski, it was added that factors such as the number of turnstiles and size of concourses would have to be considered.

The consultation itself consisted of four questions, all of which the club said yes to in response. They were...

1. Should The Football League approach the Minister for Sport to request that the 'all-seater' stadia requirements for Championship clubs be reviewed with a view to the re-introduction of standing accommodation?

2. Should the Football League approach the Sports Grounds Safety Authority to request that rail seating products be licenced in Football League grounds?

3. Should clubs be permitted to accommodate supporters standing in rail seating in the Championship?

4. Should clubs be permitted to revert from seating to standing accommodation in League 1 and League 2 following relegation from the Championship?

Responding to the results of the consultation, the Football League said that it "has given us (The Football League) a better understanding of the wide range of views held by clubs on this issue and we will take our cue from the prevailing opinion. We recognise that this is both a complicated and sensitive matter that will need significant debate. Therefore, no-one should assume that it will lead to overnight change."