Man U to consider return of 'safe' standing areas for spectators at Old Trafford

Johannesburg, Oct 19 (ANI): English Premier League champions Manchester United are looking into the possibility of introducing a standing area for spectators at Old Trafford.

According to Sport24, United chief executive Ed Woodward is open to the idea that was put to him at last month's fans forum, in a bid to improve the atmosphere during games at Old Trafford.

However, it is currently illegal for EPL and second-tier English Championship clubs to provide a standing area for fans within their stadia, following the Football Spectators Act that was implemented after the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 where 96 fans died due to overcrowding at Championship club Sheffield Wednesday's ground, the report said.

New legislation would need to be passed to overturn the rule, and infrastructure within Old Trafford may need to be altered to accommodate a safe standing area, the report added.

United welcome Southampton to Old Trafford on Saturday, according to the report. (ANI)


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