It’s understood that the ban on standing at Premier League and Championship games may be lifted as early as next month when the UK government is expected to make an official announcement.
Ahead of an anticipated law change, many clubs in the Premier League including Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have recently installed “safe standing” areas with rail seating.
This follows a 30-year rule that required stadiums to only provide all-seater accommodation.
UK’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden confirmed during an interview with The Times that legal standing would be seen at top games this season.
Dowden added, “It’s the sensible thing to do because fans are standing all the way through anyway, and you can do it in a safer way,”.
He stated that we’ll see safe standing by the end of the season, at least in pilot form.
Standing was banned at England’s top two leagues following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, where 96 people were killed due to fatal crushings that took place at the Hillsborough Stadium during a football match.
Since this disaster, every stadium in England’s top two leagues had to be all-seaters.
The law’s reversal comes amid increasing pressure from supporter groups who have called for a rethink of the ban, as a safe standing area has been allowed in Celtic for a number of years.