Safe standing to make football league return?

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Safe standing could make a return to the Football League after all 72 active clubs were sent a document by the League consulting whether or not standing should make a return to the game.

At present, League 2 and League 1 clubs are allowed standing paddocks, but should the team be promoted to the Championship, after three years the stand must become all seating. 

The paper was sent to all clubs on Friday, asking their opinions on the view of safe standing areas for fans. 

Safe standing has been successfully implemented in countries like Germany, where some of the best atmospheres seek to exist alongside fantastic levels of football. Borussia Dortmund's main stand, more commonly known as 'the yellow wall' holds 25,000 spectators.

Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey is adamant that it is now down to the clubs in the Football League to raise their fans, and their own opinions on the matter. 

"It is now over to the clubs to get their views. Speaking personally, I do not have strong views on this and it is genuinely a matter for the clubs," he said.

The attitudes towards safe-standing have somewhat changed of late, with many football fans using the example of German football to suggest that safe standing could in-fact make a return to the game. 

But we must remain vigilant to this suggestion. An obvious example is the Hillsborough disaster, evidence that to this day could infact suggest that safe-standing should not make a return to football in England. 

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