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Pilot safe-standing scheme producing ‘very encouraging findings’ at early stage

Pilot safe-standing scheme producing ‘very encouraging findings’ at early stage

Safe standing measures are having a positive impact on crowd safety, according to the interim findings from the pilot scheme which began at the start of the year.

Five clubs – Cardiff, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – are taking part in the licensed safe standing pilot commissioned by the Government.

The installation of barriers or rails in seated areas where persistent standing had been occurring have led to more orderly goal celebrations, made fans’ exit from the area easier to manage, and made areas of overcrowding easier to spot, according to an independent evaluation conducted by CFE Research and published by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority on Saturday.

One of the safe standing areas at Stamford Bridge, prior to the match against Liverpool on January 2

One of the safe standing areas at Stamford Bridge, prior to the match against Liverpool on January 2 (Adam Davy/PA)

The pilot, which started with Chelsea’s Premier League match against Liverpool on January 2, marked the end of a blanket ban on standing in the top two tiers of English football which has been in place for more than 25 years.

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