Premier League: West Bromwich Albion agree to reintroduce standing sections in stadiums on trial basis

I have written back to the Premier League and told them our position remains that we would be very keen to be involved in a pilot,' Miles said in a statement.

Reuters June 24, 2017 17:32:51 IST
Premier League: West Bromwich Albion agree to reintroduce standing sections in stadiums on trial basis

West Bromwich Albion have responded positively to the Premier League's letter asking the 20 teams about their interest in re-introducing standing sections in stadiums on a trial basis, the club's director of operations Mark Miles has said.

Premier League West Bromwich Albion agree to reintroduce standing sections in stadiums on trial basis

File image of West Bromwich Albion's players during a game. Reuters

English clubs are legally required to have all-seater stadiums since the 1990 Taylor Report into the Hillsborough disaster recommended the change but the league's governing body is keen on re-opening discussions about the matter.

"I have written back to the Premier League and told them our position remains that we would be very keen to be involved in a pilot," Miles said in a statement on the club's website (www.wba.co.uk)

"It is the same message I have delivered verbally at previous meetings."

Miles believes legislation regarding seating arrangements can be changed if there is proof that it is a safe option for supporters.

"As I have made clear from the outset, this is something football will not be able to introduce without a change of legislation and that can't happen unless it is proven to provide a safer option for fans to watch games," Miles added.

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