Updated: Tuesday, 18th December 2018 @ 10:53am

Manchester City urge FA to support safe standing trial for fans and help enhance match day experience

Manchester City urge FA to support safe standing trial for fans and help enhance match day experience

By Andrew Bardsley

Manchester City are backing a trial to introduce safe standing for fans at home games – if it was supported by the FA.

The move comes as a campaign by the Football Supporter's Federation to introduce safe standing on a provisional basis is launched.

The initiative is backed by fellow Premier League club Aston Villa but City are the most high profile club to speak out on the matter.

A City spokesperson said: “Manchester City Football Club is supportive of initiatives to enhance safely, our fans' match day experience if supported by the appropriate football authorities.”

Rivals Manchester United were cool on the matter and insisted seating was the safer way to watch football.

However the CEO of the Manchester United Supporters Trust, Duncan Drasdo, told MM that his members would be in favour of safe standing.

Mr Drasdo said: "We would be in favour of having safe standing facilities so that those who wish to stand could do so safely and without inconveniencing those who want to sit.

"As many fans stand anyway clearly it would be safer for them to stand in a purpose designed area with barriers across each row."

The 'rail seat' system is used by many European clubs such as Borussia Dortmund and features both a safety barrier and flip down seat, allowing seats to be used as is required in European competitions.

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