Re-introduction of standing sections at football matches

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2197
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Celtic Football Club have become the first large UK football club to re-introduce a safe-standing zone at their stadium Celtic Park. What impact do you think the re-introduction of safe-standing zones at London football clubs would have for the Metropolitan Police Service, and would you support the re-introduction of safe-standing zones?

Answer

Answer for Re-introduction of standing sections at football matches

Answer for Re-introduction of standing sections at football matches

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Section 11, Football Spectators Act, 1989, mandates that certain grounds must be all seating. This currently comprises the top two leagues. We are not currently aware of any Government proposals to change this legalisation.

Safety inside football stadiums is the responsibility of the stadium safety officer, overseen by the Safety Advisory Group to which the MPS contributes.  The MPS only deploys police inside stadia to deal with crime or disorder issues.

The MPS would not wish to see any compromise of safety at sporting events, but decisions about seating would be one for the Government. If these zones were considered we would work with clubs and the football authorities to ensure that issues around crime and disorder were taken into account.