Sunderland fans urged to make a stand about match-day problems

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SUNDERLAND fans are invited to take part in a meeting to discuss problems at home matches.

The Ashbrooke-based national Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) will host the event on Tuesday, with fans and club officials, to talk about the problems relating to standing at the home games.

Persistent standing in seated areas has led to some confrontations between supporters and stewards in the lower tier of the South Stand.

As a result, number of fans have had their season tickets deactivated. The FSF has invited representatives of the club to meet the fans affected, and it hopes to work with both sides to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

Peter Daykin, who leads the FSF’s Safe Standing Campaign, said: “Sunderland AFC has safety obligations which need to be met, while fans want to get behind their team and create the best atmosphere possible.

“We hope this meeting can find a solution which achieves both of these aims.”

The meeting will focus specifically on the issue of standing and how current problems can be resolved. It is not a forum for complaints about individual stewards or specific incidents, which can be addressed through the club’s internal procedures or via the FSF.

The meeting, which will be held at 6.30pm in the Isis pub, in Silksworth Row, Sunderland, is free to attend.

Anyone who would like to register to take part should email their names to events@fsf.uk.