Burnley FC backs call for safe standing trials
November 9th, Burnley. Burnley FC today joined the growing number of clubs from the Football League Championship to give their support to the safe standing campaign and in particular to the Football Supporters' Federation's call on the Government to permit trials of safe standing areas.
Further to a visit to Turf Moor by the Safe Standing Roadshow some months ago (pictured below with two welcome 'helpers'), Burnley FC chief executive has now written to the FSF expressing the club's support. In his letter Lee Hoos writes:
"As a club that listens closely to its fans, Burnley FC is aware from representations made by members of its Football Consultative Committee and from discussions with the Clarets Trust that many supporters would like the club and the sport in general to take a closer look at the concept of safe standing. While we must emphasise that persistent standing in all-seater stadia such as Turf Moor is against ground regulations, we recognise that a not insignificant number of our fans prefer to watch football standing up. Having studied the 'rail seat' concept, we believe that this has merit and may provide a suitable way to enable clubs such as ours to satisfy the demand for safe standing areas in the future. We therefore support the Football Supporters Federation in calling on the government to permit a few small-scale trials of such areas to determine, if successful, the criteria under which we may be able to introduce safe standing at Turf Moor at a future date."
Thanks to Lee, Paul before him and all at Burnley FC for their support.