December 6 2013 Latest news:
Friday, November 1, 2013
A return to fans standing at Norwich City’s Carrow Road stadium has moved a step closer, after campaigners met Norwich North MP Chloe Smith.
Several Premier League clubs are backing a campaign to bring back standing tickets for big games.
Terraces in the top two divisions were outlawed in 1994 after 96 Liverpool fans died in the Hillsborough disaster.
But many supporters are tired of the all-seater stadium rule, claiming that it ruins the match day experience.
The Barclay End Projekt was formed in March by a collective of supporters on the Barclay End at Carrow Road. The projekt is calling for the introduction of rail seats in the Barclay End lower tier to give supporters the choice to stand safely at matches.
The group says that this model of safe standing, which can be easily interchanged between seated and standing accommodation, and is already in use in both Germany and Austria, has proved enormously popular with supporters of all ages.
Miss Smith met two members of the group in London yesterday, and afterwards said: “We spoke about the arguments for and against safe standing. I think their proposals are very persuasive. I will now write to the new Minister for Sport, Helen Grant to acquaint her with the issue and tell her how fans in Norwich feel.
“I know standing has a difficult past, but there is a case for looking at it afresh, now some of the construction methods have moved on. It could be a case of different fans wanting different things.”
Norwich City FC did not wish to comment on the meeting.
Meanwhile, Norwich City star Nathan Redmond has been announced as part of a new initiative, entitled the Next 20, launched by Kick It Out to champion 20 young football stars across the Premier League, Football League and Women’s Super League (WSL).
He said: “Kick It Out has been doing a great job over the years in tackling racism and other forms of discrimination. I feel very privileged to be part of this group and I hope I can do my bit in educating young people on why discrimination should not be tolerated in football.”