Don Foster MP


Should Hillsborough influence the safe standing debate?

July 28, 2023 by admin in News

“While fans continue to be discouraged from standing in all-seat stadiums, a leading voice in football stadium management is urging the authorities to allow safe terraces. The Football Licensing Authority website carries details of a March 21 meeting, hosted by Bath Lib Dem MP Don Foster, between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the football authorities, supporter groups and Football Safety Officers Association (FSOA) among others, who were “invited to share their thoughts on the reintroduction of standing at all seated grounds”.

Foster brought the Safe Standing Bill to the House of Commons. As he said at the beginning of that speech on December 7, 2010, any debate on football stadiums will inevitably raise “the spectre of the tragic events at Hillsborough in 1989″. A Private Members’ Bill, it is due for a second reading in October and has little chance of becoming law, unless the government backs it. But it is hard to see a minister of any ruling political party going out of their way to support standing for fear of a bad press.”

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