Football Fans

Football Fans On Standing Or Sitting Impasse


Over a period of time, the football facilities and infrastructures have changed though the mindset of the fans remains the same for generations. The new stadiums are next to perfection with playing surfaces resembling a snooker table, and the golden era of mud and grass playfield have become extinct. Needless to say, the skills of the players have improved dramatically thanks to their fitness regime that makes the game far more exciting and nail biting during the modern days. The stadiums have been technologically improvised to offer a better view of the game.

Another major issue that hogs football fans who visit stadiums to experience a match is whether to stand or sit. While most fans watch the match standing, though against the law, there are serious anti-social observations, cited researchers. Despite the law states that fans have to be seated during a match, the risk lies when a greater number of spectators decide to watch the match standing. While smaller crowd preferring to stand could be dealt but if most of the spectators prefer to sit this could encourage fellow supporters also to follow suit.

Often during matches it happens that fans waste time locating their seats and half the time end up seated on the wrong seats leading to confusion. In most cases, the fans are not seated even though when it is rightfully theirs and jump up on every given occasion. It has become the unwritten code while watching any match that you have to stand up all the time whether a goal has been hit or missed.

Football Fans And Political Manifestos

Football fans should be given the privilege to participate in the reforms of the game. The game is nothing without fans, and hence they should be given the opportunity to take part in the policy decisions of the game including ticket prices, safety, ownership, and diversity. Political parties that have no inclination to the game have increased their support for the sport. Some of the party manifesto includes welfare schemes for the sport and the manifestos of various parties are highlighted. The Conservative party manifesto has it that the Community Sports facilities will be improved. The party manifesto states that it will work with local football associations and premier leagues to fund artificial pitches in 30 cities across England. It also committed to increasing the number of women in national sports governing bodies by 25% by 2017.

The Labor Party, on the other hand, has it that the football is more than business as it is related to the emotions of the people. The party says that it will include fans to be part of the clubs by giving supporters the accreditation to appoint or remove two of the directors of a club. Also, 5% of the television rights income will go to funding grassroots. The Green Party has it that employees be granted legal rights to buy their companies. The Liberal Democrats has it that safe standing areas be introduced. Also, enact laws to make homophobic chanting a criminal offense. Also, encourage fans to take part in the reform of football governance. Football supporters welcome the idea of strengthening fans voice in decision making.

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