Football clubs in the top divisions will be allowed to introduce safe standing areas into their grounds, under manifesto plans unveiled by the Liberal Democrats and supported by local MP Lorely Burt.
Safe standing already operates in domestic leagues across Europe, including Germany, Austria and Sweden and is backed by 92% of football fans and 70% of football clubs in the UK.
Under the plans clubs would be allowed to work with their supporters to introduce standing areas, which provide better atmospheres and allow clubs to offer cheaper safe standing season tickets.
Commenting, Solihull MP Lorely Burt said: “I believe football clubs should be allowed to introduce safe standing areas where there is a desire from fans to do so. Safe standing is allowed in many other sports and the top level of football should not be an exception.
“Modern safe standing areas using ‘rail seating’ already operates very successfully in top tier football across Europe.
“When clubs and fans are in favour of safe standing and it can be done safely, then the Government shouldn’t get in the way. That is why Liberal Democrats want to change the law to let clubs introduce safe standing.
“Safe standing offers supporters more choice, a better atmosphere and cheaper tickets. It is an idea whose time has come and I am proud that the Liberal Democrats are the first political party to commit to delivering this.
"Local side Aston Villa have already expressed support in the past for safe standing, and I am contacting other local teams for their views."