Standing at football, sitting at football. There’s a big difference. Who cares? Well - a vocal minority do, according to the UK Government, who through Sports Minister Tracey Crouch, shut down the discussion surrounding the implementation of rail seating at English football stadia.
In response, this vocal minority flipped the script and have used the official GOV.UK petitions site to set up a petition in response. 10,000 signatures were needed for a response, 100,000 UK signatures will be needed for the Government to open up a cross-parliament debate on the matter.
With that in mind, all week on the blog we will be posting articles to consider safe-standing. What is it? What does it do? Who is it for? Why are people against it? With the petition edging closer to 90,000 signatures, we want to help push it closer and closer to that goal of 100,000 names and beyond.
Why? Well - we might not speak for all Villa fans, and we might not all agree that safe-standing at football matches in the UK is wanted, but at the very least there should be a debate on the matter, and at the very least all football clubs should have the final say when it comes to seating arrangements for the fans, and atmosphere production in the stadium.
So consider this your hub. Articles will appear here in good time, but until then - you can read the petition and add your signature (UK only, but international folk, your thoughts and support are appreciated and welcome),