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Hillsborough campaigners speak out against standing in football stadiums

Ten years on, The Kop pays tribute to those lost at Hillsborough

Hillsborough campaigners have spoken out about proposals to introduce standing at football stadiums – after a survey showed nine out of 10 fans supported the idea.

The YourVoice poll showed 96% of the 2,364 fans asked agreed they would welcome a section of ‘safe standing’ at British stadiums.

All-seater stadiums were rolled out across the country following the recommendations of the Taylor Report into the Hillsborough disaster.

Families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 tragedy were quick to reject the blueprints.

Pat Joynes, 78, whose son Nicholas, 27, died in the Leppings Lane crushes in Sheffield, described the move as ‘pointless.’

She said: “The Hillsborough Family Support Group is firmly against safe standing.

“We fought for all-seater stadiums, so they should stay. Fans stand up anyway when something exciting happens, so they don’t stay sitting all the time.”

Steve Kelly, whose brother Michael died in the disaster at the Sheffield Wednesday stadium, said: “The Hillsborough Justice Campaign have always maintained a neutral stance on safe standing. Views differ amongst members and it is not for us to dictate to supporters what is right or wrong.

“Personally, I’m torn between the two. A lot of fans stand up anyway, so perhaps we need to look at it.”

Former Labour director of communications and Burnley fan Alastair Campbell, said: “Every poll shows there is support for standing and tens of thousands of people make the demand clear every week by standing in front of their upturned seats, with none of the appalling consequences predicted by the forces of conservatism.”

Within the survey, one Liverpool fan said: “Every week the whole Kop stands without fail and without injury. It’s an issue of common sense.

“Fans are going to stand at games end of story. The law should be amended to reflect the 21st century not a bygone era.”

Andrew Davies, leader of the Welsh Conservatives who commissioned the survey, said they had won the support of supporter trusts in Wrexham, Swansea, Cardiff and Newport.

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