Portugal. June 7th 2013. The day a vast majority of the 72 Football League clubs passed a vote on safe standing trials and called on their board to explore what steps were necessary to put such trials in place.

League AGM passes safe standing vote

As Robin Scott-Elliot reported in The Independent: "The Football League board is to explore what steps need to be taken in order to hold trials of safe-standing areas within grounds. Pressure is growing on the League after a majority of its member clubs backed a motion in support of the issue at their annual general meeting in Portugal."

It is understood that over three-quarters of the League clubs voted in support of the motion. The Independent goes on to say: "There is an expectation the League will "start lobbying in the right places", according to one chief executive, who added that Greg Clarke, the League's chairman, had told him "we will make enquiries". "It's got the will of the people," said the chief executive."

This vote comes hard on the heels of 21 out 22 Championship clubs supporting a motion put forward by Bob Symns of Peterborough United in February, proposing that: "The Football League would encourage and support the instigation of a rail seat/safe standing trial period at any League club wishing to run such a trial. This permission would only apply during a new build or stadium redevelopment.". Following this second vote among the full 72 clubs, The Independent says that: "The League promised to report to members on what course is open."

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