It is a brave decision by Scottish Premier League clubs to give the green light to allow safe-standing areas within their stadiums. But there is no doubt in my mind it will be good for the game if they get it right.

The SPL have listened to supporters wishes and boldly announced a relaxation of its rules on standing following a general meeting of all 12 clubs on Monday.

It is a controversial decision and has surprised Strathclyde Police who claim they have had no detailed discussions about the re-introduction of safe standing areas. Now fans south of the border will be interested to see how the story unfolds.

In England terraces were banned following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 and all-seater stadiums became compulsory in 1994. But Scotland is not bound by the law which banned standing areas in top-flight football in England and came into force after the Taylor Report into the Hillsborough disaster.

In my opinion all-seater stadiums can be dangerous when large groups of fans stand up and sit down at regular intervals in seated areas. It makes sense to have limited standing areas close to the touchline in front of the main seated areas.

– BY JOHN GUBBA

 

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