Statement on Premier League safe standing discussions

Yesterday, club chairman and chief executives met in London for a Premier League shareholders' meeting and safe standing was one of the issues that they discussed.

Following the meeting, the Premier League released the following statement:

"Premier League clubs today held initial discussions on safe standing. Given that fan safety is of paramount concern clubs are understandably cautious and there was no overall consensus on the matter.

"This is a complex and emotive topic with a number of issues, varying from club to club, which need to be considered carefully before clubs can decide if they wish to pursue any changes, including legislative, that are required to allow them the option of safe standing areas in their grounds.

"The clubs have tasked the Premier League with scoping out the safety, supporter, technical and legislativeā€Ž issues surrounding safe standing before any further discussions, based on the facts, can take place."

A spokesperson for The Football Supporters' Federation said: "The FSF's safe standing campaign has long called for an evidence-based approach to this subject so we welcome the Premier League's statement.

"This issue affects match-going fans more than anyone, and we hope the clubs tap into this experience and speak to their supporter bases during the process. Fans want the choice to be able to sit or stand, and we're pleased more top-flight clubs now appear to be listening to that message."