Evertonians overwhelmingly back safe standing

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Survey results released today by the Everton Supporters Trust (EST) show that the overwhelming majority of Everton fans want to see safe standing introduced at Goodison Park.

The Trust surveyed more than 1,400 Evertonians for their views on safe standing and 90% believe it should be introduced at Goodison Park or a potential new build stadium.

Additionally, 92% of respondents agreed that supporters should be given the choice between sitting and standing at the match.

EST chair Simon Magner said: "The response to the survey was incredible, the fan-base has spoken and the results speak for themselves.

"There is clearly a growing appetite nationally with similar results from similar surveys conducted by fan groups and supporters trusts up and down the country.

Potential improvements to match-day atmosphere was one of the main reasons Everton fans want to see safe standing introduced at Goodison - 87.1% believed this to be the case.

The large majority (63.1%) of respondents also believe that a designated standing area would help decrease persistent standing in seated areas.

EST will now take the results of their survey to the club and hope for constructive consultation with Everton, Liverpool City Council and MPs on the issue.

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