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Norfolk MP gives his support to safe standing at football grounds

PUBLISHED: 11:54 25 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:54 25 August 2014

Lib Dems support safe standing at football grounds

Lib Dems support safe standing at football grounds


Safe standing could be brought back onto the terraces of top division football clubs under Liberal Democrat plans.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said that the move would offer cheaper tickets for fans and create a better atmosphere inside stadiums.

He said: “I certainly don’t want to see a return to the terraces of the 1980s but modern safe standing areas are quite different, they use rail seating and operate very successfully in top tier football across Europe.

“When clubs and fans are in favour of safe standing and it can be done safely, then the Government shouldn’t get in the way.

“Safe standing offers supporters more choice, a better atmosphere and cheaper tickets.

“It is an idea whose time has come.”

Back in March, more than 40 Norwich City fans discussed the issue at an open meeting after a survey from the Barclay End Projekt found that 88pc of more than 800 people felt safe standing should be introduced at Carrow Road.

The idea however had its flaws according to Norwich City spokesman Joe Ferrari who attended the meeting.

Mr Ferrari stated it would cost a lot of money to remodel the stands which could potentially involve the removal of all existing seats.

He also said that an increase in capacity if safe standing was introduced would have implications in terms of policing, safety, medical cover and catering.

However a campaign has been picking up across the country and has been supported by MPs and football clubs including Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Sunderland.


  • Why would anyone want to stand when they could sit?

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    Norfolk John

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Just privatise the NHS.Those who pay in get it,just like Norwich City Football Club. That will get the nasties out .Ready steady go..

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    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Another desperate sounding MP to win over people

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    che bramley

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • So Norman, when was the last time you went to Carrow road? Don't you have more important issues to deal with? Are you likely to be standing - more likely to be wined and dined in delia's box

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    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • " The government shouldn't get in the way" says good old Normy. Yet he is all for the " Government getting in the way " by making NHS cutbacks and its privatisation . My how the times have changed. Wasn't a certain MP called Norman Lamb on television threatening resignation over the self same cut backs.? That is until he was promoted to a minister as part of the NHS . Rewards,rewards how they calm the soul.

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    norman hall

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • The things these political parties will do to get votes

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • The LibDems as ever ignore the real issues of Nepalese workers dying as slaves building world cup stadia in Qatar.Why won't they support the call to rerun the vote?

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Anything to stop the media talking about the big issues of our time. The NHS and social care. How many more stories will Norman deny responsibility for what is happening? Cuts, cuts, cuts wherever you look.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Monday, August 25, 2014

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