Bolton Vote In Favour of Safe Standing

  • February 10, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton Wanderers have voted in favour of introducing safe-standing in football grounds, after a poll by The Football League.

Last week, all 72 member clubs of the league were asked for their views and, according to a report in The Bolton News, Wanderers are believed to be on board with proposals from the Football Supporters' Federation.

Those proposals aim to implement retractable seating in specific areas of stadiums, including the Reebok Stadium, in what could prove to be the biggest change to the game since the Hillsborough disaster claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool supporters in 1989.

Wanderers recently welcomed the FSF to take a look at the Reebok and they, along with The Football League, will now forward their case to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

With safe standing already a success in other countries across Europe - mainly Germany - Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman said he would back the idea, but only if the correct research was made.

"I would be willing to sit down and look at what they had planned," Freedman said. "But I would only fully back the idea if I could be guaranteed that safe standing was exactly that.

"There have been too many tragedies going down the years to jeopardise safety just because people might think this is a good idea."

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