Belfast Telegraph

Government not persuaded by arguments to change law on standing areas

The Government will reassess its ban on standing areas at Premier League grounds after the inquests of the Hillsborough disaster victims have concluded, but remains not persuaded by the arguments to change the law.

All-seater stadiums for the top flight were brought in following the Taylor report into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster where 96 fans died, but there have been calls from fans' groups for 'safe standing' areas similar to those used at grounds in Germany - such as Borussia Dortmund's - to be allowed.

The issue remains extremely sensitive, especially with the new Hillsborough inquests taking place, and the Government used the announcement of its new sports strategy to say it has yet to be persuaded to reintroduce standing.

It will take into account any recommendations made by the coroner on stadium safety and look at evidence from a pilot scheme taking place in Scotland.

Sports minister Tracey Crouch told Press Association Sport: "It was included in the consultation process for the new sports strategy, but we still feel at the moment that until the Hillsborough inquests have concluded and we have a better understanding of what's happening in Scotland we will not make any other decision."

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