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Norfolk MP gives his support to safe standing at football grounds

PUBLISHED: 11:54 25 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:54 25 August 2014

Lib Dems support safe standing at football grounds

Lib Dems support safe standing at football grounds

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Safe standing could be brought back onto the terraces of top division football clubs under Liberal Democrat plans.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said that the move would offer cheaper tickets for fans and create a better atmosphere inside stadiums.

He said: “I certainly don’t want to see a return to the terraces of the 1980s but modern safe standing areas are quite different, they use rail seating and operate very successfully in top tier football across Europe.

“When clubs and fans are in favour of safe standing and it can be done safely, then the Government shouldn’t get in the way.

“Safe standing offers supporters more choice, a better atmosphere and cheaper tickets.

“It is an idea whose time has come.”

Back in March, more than 40 Norwich City fans discussed the issue at an open meeting after a survey from the Barclay End Projekt found that 88pc of more than 800 people felt safe standing should be introduced at Carrow Road.

The idea however had its flaws according to Norwich City spokesman Joe Ferrari who attended the meeting.

Mr Ferrari stated it would cost a lot of money to remodel the stands which could potentially involve the removal of all existing seats.

He also said that an increase in capacity if safe standing was introduced would have implications in terms of policing, safety, medical cover and catering.

However a campaign has been picking up across the country and has been supported by MPs and football clubs including Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Sunderland.

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