May 2, 2018 / 9:21 AM / in a year

Soccer: Safe-standing to be debated in British Parliament on June 25

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(Reuters) - A possible introduction of safe-standing section in the Premier League and Championship will be discussed in British Parliament on June 25.

The decision follows a successful petition, signed by over 110,000 people, to the British government.

All-seater stadiums became mandatory in England’s top two divisions following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 when 96 Liverpool fans were killed in a crush at an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

The league’s governing body is keen on re-opening discussions about the matter.

West Bromwich Albion had offered to run a pilot scheme at the Hawthorns that would have meant 3,600 seats in the Smethwick End were converted into ‘rail-seats’, but their application was rejected by the government last month.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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