British Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston announced today, Monday, that 5 clubs will participate in the experience of the return of “safe parking” in the stands, starting from the first of next January.
And requests from the clubs Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Cardiff, to try out the safe parking of fans in the stands.
And the experiment of allocating licensed parking areas comes to end a comprehensive ban on fans parking in stadiums in the top two degrees of the Football League in England, which has lasted for more than 25 years.
“I am pleased to agree to the participation of these five clubs in the beginning of the trial of allocating licensed parking areas during the second half of the season,” Huddleston said in statements published by the British news agency “BA Media”.
“It’s time to try out safe standing properly in the Premier League and the Premier League, before deciding to implement it on a large scale,” he added.
“Safety is of paramount importance, and the Sports Stadiums Safety Authority is working hand in hand with clubs on this aspect,” he added.
“Fans deserve different options for how they can enjoy attending matches, and I will follow these experiences with interest,” the minister added.
The experiment will be monitored by one of the independent companies, and its conclusions will be submitted to the government to decide on the application of safe parking on a large scale, starting from next season.
The ban was imposed by legislation passed after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which led to the deaths of 97 Liverpool fans.