Sunderland, Seating, Persistent Standing & Safe Standing


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Frank Heaven says:

    Hillsborough is frequently trotted out by Premier League stooges as a reason not to bring in safe standing, and as you say, it is poppycock.

    The real reason the PL opposes the return of (safe) standing is because it would interfere with their management of the brand, which essentially wants to position football as a game for wealthy middle class supporters.

    The Bundesliga, with its giant terraces and community-owned clubs, is the antithesis of what most PL chairman believe in.

  2. Ron Ipstone says:

    “There is no panacea which will achieve total safety and cure all problems of behaviour and crowd control. But I am satisfied that seating does more to achieve those objectives than any other single measure.” — paragraph 61 of the Taylor Final Report.

    The link between the disaster at Hillsborough and the introduction of all seating stadia for the top two footballing divisions in England could not be clearer.

    The ground regulations at The Stadium of Light will have made it clear that persistent standing was forbidden and I have no doubt that those whose season tickets have been cancelled were given warnings to sit down. SAFC should be applauded for taking action which will benefit the majority of its customers who wish to watch football in its modern stadium and who do not want their view obscured by selfish yobs.

  3. Dermot O'Dreary says:

    If anyone had any doubts about this debate, the contribution of the ever-tiresome Ipstone should dispell those.

  4. Calcagus says:

    Provision of safe standing (which I’m all in favour of) and standing in a seated area are related, but ultimately different issues. Standing in a seated area is not only inconsiderate of the people behind you, it has different safety issues.

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