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We realise that this is an emotive subject for some supporters, but hope that any debate can be constructive and factual, and respectful of all views. For more on some of the legalities, myths and facts behind safe standing, please visit our website.

The Football Supporters' Federation's campaign for safe standing is reaching a critical point.

A number Premier League and Championship clubs have already given their backing to the campaign, including Aston Villa, Bristol City, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Hull City, Peterborough United, as well as the Scottish Premier League, who have approved pilots of safe standing areas in their competition.

There is an Early Day Motion (EDM 573) proposed by Roger Godsiff MP calling on the government to allow pilot schemes of safe standing in the Premier League and Championship.

We are calling on fans to get involved if they back the idea of safe standing, by completing any or all of the following four steps on our website - http://www.fsf.org.uk/campaigns/safestanding/index.php:'>http://www.fsf.org.uk/campaigns/safestanding/index.php:

Step 1 - Sign the FSF's Safe Standing Petition (if you haven’t already)

Step 2 - Email your MP to let them know you back safe standing (there is a easy to follow process to do this through our website)

Step 3 - Let us know what response you get from your MP via [email protected]

Step 4 - Spread the word. Send this page to your mates via email, Facebook, Twitter or whatever other social media you prefer. If you’re involved with a supporters’ organisation, fanzine or website, use your links to promote the campaign.

The safe standing campaign is as much about those with a wish to sit as those who wish to stand - standing in seated areas happens every week, forcing those who are either unwilling or unable to stand to either miss the match or be forced to stand. The creation of standing areas would help improve the matchday experience for both types of supporter, and improve the safety of those who stand - it is surely safer to be standing in an area specifically designed for the purpose than to be standing behind seats in an all-seated stand?

The campaign is not about a re-introduction of terraces. The campaign is not about 'bringing back' anything. We would insist the requirements laid down in the government's 'Green Guide' are strictly adhered to.

To find out more of the facts, see images of the type of safe standing that we are proposing, as well as busting a few 'myths' to do with standing, simply visit our website - http://www.fsf.org.uk/campaigns/safestanding/index.php

We believe that fans should have the choice to sit or stand. We believe that the technology is there to allow fans to stand in safety. If you agree with us, please follow the steps above today.

Thanks,

The FSF

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Good luck with the campaign, I have signed up. It works perfectly well in Germany but I feel it will be a long time before the 'powers that be' in this nation will listen to a rational arguments in a cause such as this.

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Good luck with the campaign, I have signed up. It works perfectly well in Germany but I feel it will be a long time before the 'powers that be' in this nation will listen to a rational arguments in a cause such as this.

I'd say there's a zero chance of reintroducing safe standing. Why? Cause the people in power would NEVER let it happen.

They treat us as cattle on a weekly basis. Why would they care if we want safe standing? Too much hassle for them. I'm not even sure the bigger clubs would want that either.

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By the way, think I signed that petition over 18-20 months ago. Maybe even longer back than that.

Good luck with it. Germany is leading the way in so many ways when it comes to match day experiences. They've got something amazing going on, both in terms of the quality of the teams but also how they treat the fans.

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By the way, think I signed that petition over 18-20 months ago. Maybe even longer back than that.

Good luck with it. Germany is leading the way in so many ways when it comes to match day experiences. They've got something amazing going on, both in terms of the quality of the teams but also how they treat the fans.

Agree with this. I have nothing but admiration for the way football is conducted in Germany. From the development of youth players all the way through to the ticket pricing and the atmosphere within their stadia.

To me, and I'm sure to the majority of football supporters, it just seems like common sense? I truly am envious of German football.

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Agree with this. I have nothing but admiration for the way football is conducted in Germany. From the development of youth players all the way through to the ticket pricing and the atmosphere within their stadia.

To me, and I'm sure to the majority of football supporters, it just seems like common sense? I truly am envious of German football.

Completely agree. The Germans are doing it just the way it should be done. You can even bring your pint out to the stands!

But no. Here in England you're told to sit down and shut the **** up. Sad.

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Bring back the terraces I say. There was definately a better atmosphere when the Shed was a terrace, the Kop at Anfield was a lot noisier, as was the Stretford end and other terraces at football clubs. The admission fees were much cheaper than seats as well.

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Bring back the terraces I say. There was definately a better atmosphere when the Shed was a terrace, the Kop at Anfield was a lot noisier, as was the Stretford end and other terraces at football clubs. The admission fees were much cheaper than seats as well.

Actually the atmosphere was worse - at least it was worse in the seated areas close to the pitch, while better at the bits beyond the greyhound track. The shed was some 30 or 40 m from the nearest goal I'd estimate.

Everything was cheaper then, especially the beer. I still wonder how come I could afford to go out to pubs when I was at school twice a week on a Saturday job, but can't afford to do so when employed and in my 50s.

And the club costs in running terraces were minimal. Nowadays you'd need more stewarding for 5000 in a terrace than in seats, and probably nearly as many sq feet too.

To me, and I'm sure to the majority of football supporters, it just seems like common sense? I truly am envious of German football.

Do you ever watch it?

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