Pompey back safe standing campaign

Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin
Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin

Pompey have thrown their backing behind the drive to bring safe standing to football grounds.

The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) has been pushing for support from clubs regarding introducing safe standing areas.

That would involve German-style ‘rail seats’ at football grounds in the Premier League and Championship.

Used at the likes of Wolfsburg, Hannover, Werder Bremen and Stuttgart, they enable quick switching from seating to standing areas.

The Safe Standing Roadshow has attracted growing support and the backing of 23 clubs.

And now Pompey have followed suit.

Chief executive Mark Catlin said: ‘The Safe Standing Roadshow visited Fratton Park during 2011 and the concept was favourably received by all Portsmouth supporters who attended it.

‘Portsmouth Football Club is, subject to any future changes in the current legislation and football regulations, delighted to add its name to the Football Supporters’ Federation call for clubs to investigate the option of installing safe standing sections in their stadium.’

In an attempt to spread the message about the rail seating, the FSF have hit the road.

They have demonstrated the ‘rail seats’ around the country and called for clubs currently with all-seater grounds to be allowed to use them.

However, to achieve that, there needs to be appropriate new regulations to create areas for safe standing.

The FSF are hoping, with the backing of so many clubs, pressure can be applied to the authorities.

They are suggesting to convert 10 per cent of a ground’s home capacity into a standing section.

In addition, if there is five per cent for away fans, that would leave 85 per cent of the stadium capacity as seating.

Those who have joined Pompey in approving the idea include Leeds, Aston Villa, Shrewsbury, Barnsley, Doncaster, West Ham, Swansea, Wolves and Peterborough.

See the website http://www.safestandingroadshow.co.uk/home for more information about the roadshow and what it could achieve.