End the football stadium standing ban: It’s an open goal for fans and clubs from City A.M website by Ben Southwood
Twenty eight people died at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo last year, suffocating in a crush that began when police fired tear gas at away fans entering without tickets. It was another in a long line of stadium tragedies. But like the 2006 PhilSports Arena disaster in the Philippines, and the disasters in Johannesburg in 2001 and Harare in 2000 and 2001, the stadium in question was all-seated. In modern stadia, it is organisation and policing that drive safety, not the presence of seats – and we ought to recognise this by allowing standing once more in the top two tiers of English football.
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