CALLS on Wearside to reintroduce standing at football matches have been given a boost.
The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) is campaigning to bring back standing on terraces at top-flight grounds.
Now, the Liberal Democrats say that creating standing areas at stadiums will be included in their manifesto for next year’s General Election.
The party says that the change would allow clubs to offer cheaper tickets to supporters, as is the case in the German Bundesliga.
Sunderland AFC, along with Aston Villa, Burnley, Swansea and others have said that they are open to looking at the changes should the governing body permit them.
John Leech MP, Lib Dem spokesman for Culture, Media and Sport, said: “Safe standing is allowed in many other sports and we do not believe that the top level of football should be an exception.
“We are not calling for a return of the terraces of the 1980s.
“Modern safe standing areas using ‘rail seating operate very successfully in top tier football across Europe.
“Safe standing offers supporters more choice, a better atmosphere and cheaper tickets.”
A spokesman for the FSF said: “Football can’t bury its head in the sand, tens of thousands already stand at games.
“Clubs who back rail seats are simply listening to their fans and responding to safety needs.”
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