Norwich City fans urged not to stand at Carrow Road this season

PUBLISHED: 12:16 11 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:05 13 August 2014

Norwich fans celebrate at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

Norwich fans celebrate at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

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Norwich City fans are being warned to stay in their seats this season or run the risk of Carrow Road having its capacity reduced if formal sanctions are imposed.

A 27,000 plus full house is expected at Carrow Road on Saturday for the visit of Watford in the opening home game of the Canaries’ 2014/2015 Championship campaign.

And while City fans will want to make the ground something of a fortress this season as Neil Adams bids to lead the team back to English football’s top flight at the first attempt following last season’s relegation, they are being urged to do it while sitting.

Season ticket holders have been written to in a bid to tackle the problem of persistent standing which the club say resulted in a “significant number of complaints from supporters” last season.

The letter warns that failure to comply with the terms of the club’s safety certificate could lead to sanctions being taken, “including capacity reductions at Carrow Road“.

In the letter, Andy Batley, the club’s matchday safety officer, said: “As we all look forward to returning to Carrow Road for the start of another season, we are writing to season ticket holders to ask them for their support in tackling persistent standing at football matches.

“Over the course of last season we received a significant number of complaints from supporters who were unable to see the match due to supporters persistently standing. While of course fans often briefly stand up at exciting moments, such as when a goal is scored, persistent standing impedes the view of children, fans who don’t want to stand and those who can’t stand for long periods of time.

“Persistent standing also raises safety concerns, Norwich City Football Club is monitored at all games and held to account to adhere to these rules by local authorities and specifically its Safety Advisory Group.”

Fans who refuse to comply with requests to sit down have been warned they could be ejected and potentially have their season tickets confiscated while away teams could have a reduced allocation of tickets for any future visits should their fans disregard requests to sit down.

Earlier this year an open meeting about the issue of safe standing was held at Carrow Road with many who attended calling on the powers-that-be at the club to consider it.

The event was organised after a survey by the Barclay End Projekt of more than 800 people found that a total of 88pc felt safe standing should be introduced at Norwich City’s home ground.

What do you think? Write to Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE.

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