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Top English clubs to discuss return of standing areas

News 11 Nov 2016, 16:48 IST

LONDON (Reuters) - Top-flight clubs will discuss allowing standing areas at their grounds during a meeting in London next week, a Premier League spokesman said on Friday.

It is the first time the issue has been on the agenda at a meeting of all 20 clubs.

However, even if the necessary two-thirds were in favour, there would be other hurdles to overcome including the need for amended government legislation.

All-seater stadiums were introduced in the top two divisions following an inquiry into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster during which 96 fans died at an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's ground.

A number of countries, including Germany, Austria and Scotland, have since introduced so-called "rail seating" that allows standing or sitting and is backed by the Football Supporters Federation that represents fans in England and Wales.

(Reporting by Steve Tongue; Editing by Tony Jimenez)

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