MPs asked to back Hull City fans' bid for standing terrace at KC Stadium
HULL City Official Supporters' Club has written to the region's MPs asking them to back their bid for a safe standing terrace to be trialed at the KC Stadium.
As first revealed in the Mail, the Tigers' owner Ehab Allam has stated he is in favour of a return to standing terraces, provided it is safe.
However, legislation brought in after the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 requires all top-level clubs to provide seating for football crowds.
Now, the fans' club is asking for support from the region's MPs who are also invited to attend a presentation – aimed at dismissing false perceptions of standing terraces – on December 11.
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Chris Smith, from the group, said: "We have asked our MPs if they support safe standing terraces and if not, why not?
"We have also asked them to attend, if possible, the presentation by the Football Supporters' Federation."
Meanwhile, the Football Supporters' Federation has provided the Mail with pictures showing examples of safe standing terraces, of the sort used in the German Bundesliga.
So-called "rail seats" can be folded away quickly, creating a standing terrace, say those championing them.
Mr Smith, of Atwick, near Hornsea, said: "Safe standing terraces will give supporters, for the first time in years, a real choice.
"It will also enable Hull City to vary its ticket prices, making attending a football match much more financially viable for fans."
Early Day Motion 573, put forward by Birmingham MP Roger Godsiff and currently going through Parliament, calls for a small-scale trial of safe standing technology.
To support the motion, a presentation will be held at Portcullis House in London, where MPs have their offices.
Mr Smith said: "We want MPs to come along and see what we are proposing for themselves. There will be real benefits for Hull City supporters if a trial was to happen at the KC Stadium.
"We are pleased the club owners have publicly come out and supported the idea."
Jon Darch, spokesman for the Football Supporters' Federation, urged those against safe standing terraces to forget images of hooligans marauding on terraces in the 1970s.
He said: "I can understand why people, particularly those who have not attended a match for a number of years, may be fearful.
"But we are absolutely not talking about a return to the old 1970s-era terraces associated with crowd trouble.
"Rail seating, like that used in the Bundesliga, works perfectly well – and they are safe."
Mr Darch revealed Hull City is one of seven Championship clubs to have publicly stated they would welcome a trial of safe standing terraces.
In the Premier League, Aston Villa and Sunderland have expressed "real interest", said Mr Darch.
George Hudson, Hull City's marketing and media manager, said: "We have put our names in the hat and publicly said we are in favour of safe standing terraces.
"We can only hope other clubs do the same.
"We will await developments."
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