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  1. Liverpool Stance On Safe Standing Discussed at Supporter Committee Meeting

    The issue of safe standing areas or rail seating was discussed at a recent supporters committee meeting held with the club towards the end of may.

    Lee Foley from the Official Liverpool Supporters Club addressed the meeting on the issue asking the following questions:

    Who is the person(s) within the Club responsible for the decision making process on this?
    Does the club consult with any external parties on this subject?
    The Spirit of Shankly has research and an on-going project among members about this issue. The Club were asked to offer a view and to input into the debate. Does it intend to?

    Liverpool Communications Director, Susan Black responded by saying, “the Club’s position has always been to support the majority view of the families who lost loved ones at Hillsborough.

    “To date, the majority view of the Hillsborough Families has been to oppose Rail Seating and the Club understands that this majority view is still in place.”

    She continued by saying, “the Club understands that the focus for the families now is any criminal prosecution against individuals and/or groups. This is expected imminently and the Club will continue to support the majority view of the families.”

    Anna Burgess who represnt’s the away fans on the supporters committee said, “whilst I understand that respecting the families has to be the main priority, but focusing answers on one particular group limits the Club’s capacity to take on board everyone’s opinion.”

    “It’s important that the Club broadens the opinion because as much as we do to talk about Hillsborough, standing itself wasn’t the cause of the disaster; the verdicts have shown this to be the case.

    “Liverpool Football Club has a voice in the debate, and it should be heard first, not last.”

    With no commitment on safe standing areas likely in the near future, the matter looks as if it will continue to be a topic for debate among the fan base whom the majority of are in favour of the areas.

  2. Spirit Of Shankly Announce Timeline For Safe Seating Consultation

    Supporters group, Spirit of Shankly discussed the issue of rail seating or safe standing areas at football grounds at their recent AGM on September 24th last.

    The discussion was centred around whether the supporters group should hold a position on the controversial safe standing areas. This was not a for or against debate but a vote on whether SOS should have an opinion on it.

    Members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the motion and SOS today announced that they are to enter into a consultation process and debate with a number of stakeholders being asked to participate.

    Some of the groups being asked include the SOS members, Hillsborough Justice Campaign, Hillsborough Family Support Group, Hope For Hillsborough, Liverpool Football Club, Football Supporters Federation, Supporters Trust, Liverpool Supporters Committee, Spion Kop 1906 and Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association.

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    The timeline for extends to July 20th 2017 and includes at private meetings, public meetings, question and answer events.

    SOS will then produce a preliminary report which is to be published no later than May 31st 2017.

    Rail seating or safe standing areas are somewhat of a contentious topic and will always be so after Hillsborough.

    The seating allows for people to stand safely without the possibility of crushing as the frame of the seating doubles up as a crush barriers.

    Celtic have installed the seating in a portion of the ground this season as a trial and it has been used successfully used in Germany for a number of years.

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