Man Utd to consider safe-standing at Old Trafford

Manchester United have agreed to consider the possibility of introducing safe-standing to an area in Old Trafford, following a supporters campaign, reports the Independent.

The alternative to seats for fans would be going against what the club have always maintained – that the stadium is not equipped for safe-standing and legislation would be needed, and the latter point is still the case.

After a fans’ forum, the club’s new chief executive, Ed Woodward, expressed his willingness to explore the idea from supporters’ representatives. The Premier League champions are now looking into the logistics of altering Old Trafford in order to accommodate the increased number of supporters that a safe-standing area could bring.

Aston Villa, Cardiff, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Swansea and Hull are all giving their backing to the Football Supporters Federation plan, which is in need of the backing of one of Britain’s more high-profile clubs.

Borussia Dortmund’s 80,000 capacity stadium Westfalenstadion has become a role model to European football in terms of safe-standing for fans, where the Dortmund supporters show an intense atmosphere for their team safely. The ground’s South Bank is the largest terrace for standing spectators in European football; it is regularly full to its 24,454 capacity and is nicknamed “Yellow Wall”.

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