West Brom’s safe standing plan rejected

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West Bromwich Albion have had their plans to introduce a safe standing area at their Hawthorns home rejected by the British government.

The Baggies applied to have space for 3,600 fans with rail seating at the Smethwick End for next season, but the pilot scheme was rejected.

West Brom are currently bottom of the Premier League table and 10 points from safety with five games to go.

There is currently no plan to change laws for all-seater stadia in the UK, with the law introduced following the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 after 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death.

West Brom’s main reason for trying to get the safe standing area is because of current safety concerns as fans are standing in seated areas. Several supporters groups in the UK have also campaigned for studies into safe standing.

The rail seating system is used elsewhere in Europe, including in the Bundesliga and in Scotland at Celtic’s home stadium.