Monthly Archive: May 2015

Safe Standing Choice of Audience


Standing during football matches has been a craze for long but not many stadiums permit this. It was the Bangor City that took the credit of introducing safe standing. Supporters were not permitted to stand during the match in European or international matches. So the club decided to provide rail seating also called safe standing. A road show was conducted to showcase the advantages of safe standing by John Darch belonging to the Safe Standing Roadshow. He said that safe standing gives a unique opportunity to the audience that want to watch the match standing. The safe standing area can offer the advantage of watching the match from a occupied the terrace that can be converted into a seating area if needed. There is no doubt that this could offer a greater choice for the spectator.

Since football fans wish to stand and watch the match, they should be provided the choice to enjoy the game better. A Liberal Democrat Assembly Member, Aled Roberts for North Wales said that Welsh Assembly must legislate on stadium safety and be the pioneer in promoting safe standing. It is also felt that adding safe standing following the goals can prove to be a ripe chance for the team. Safe standing can prove beneficial for stands when big matches are conducted. Bangor City will soon turn out to be the first football club in Britain to establish safe standing on their ground. The Book People Stadium located in Nantporth is a new stadium that has conducted Europa League matches and other international matches.

Fans Protection And The Role Of Football Ombudsman

The connection between a football club and protection is the hot topic of discussion; with most football fans find inadequate security haunting them. Learn how to complain. The first place to approach is the football club and when there is no relief then go up to the appropriate league. When you find no respite here either then the last stop would be the Independent Football Ombudsman (IFO). Despite offering recommendations, the IFO has no power to enforce their recommendations. The question that arises is if the football fans are provided the same consumer and contractual protection as in other industries. Should the regulatory body also have the power to enforce their adjudications?

As far as protection is concerned the court does not have the power to force a club to allow people they don’t want on their property. At times, the clubs are even seen acting as jury, executioner or judge with the complete knowledge of the police. Any premier league handbook provides rules and guidelines for the club’s responsibilities and obligations towards the players. But when it comes to fans, the rights are left high and dry. This has to be rectified given the time, money and emotions a fan invests in every game. In most cases, the football follower is punished with bans leaving them with no protection against the authoritarianism of the football clubs. Of course, this does not mean that football clubs should not deal with problematic fans but they should work out a viable solution keeping the system in place.

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