Liverpool mayor says safe standing should ‘be examined’ as fans debate return

first_img Standing at football matches remains controversial issue at Anfield 1 Liverpool mayor Steve Rotherham has indicated safe standing should be considered as Liverpool FC fans prepare to debate the re-introduction of terracing.Standing at football matches is a highly sensitive on Merseyside following the Hillsborough disaster, which took the lives of 96 Liverpool fans in 1989.Rotherham has not offered support for the scheme, but conceded the culture of football has changed considerably since standing at matches was banned. according to the Daily Mail.Elected two months ago, Rotherham said: “Small sections (of safe standing areas) that are barriered off are something we should look at.”The Hillsborough Family Support Group leaders Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks – who were both lost family members in the disaster – are opposed.And Rotherham is well aware of how delicate the issue is for those effected by the tragedy in Sheffield 28 years ago.He said: “I know talking to Margaret… and Trevor, who were involved in the Hillsborough campaign, that there is a real concern about the message (safe standing) sends out.”Liverpool FC supporters’ organisation, Spirit of Shankly (SoS), made an announcement on Monday night that they will meet relatives of Hillsborough victims, and survivors, privately on July 18 to discuss safe standing.The closed meeting will precede a public forum to be held by SoS in Liverpool, four days later, at which all opinions on the introduction of safe standing will be encouraged.last_img read more