Premier League chiefs pledge to fight against the return of terraces

“Excuse me mate, could you sit down please” etc.


The Premier League have announced they’ll resist any attempts to bring back terracing in top flight football, in light of a petition launched by the Football Supporters Federation after consultation with police, footballing authorities and a fairly responsive sports minister Hugh Robertson.

A Prem spokesman said:

Our view is that the benefits of all-seater stadia far outweigh the return of standing areas. They have led to more women and more children attending the games and no matter how safe standing can be made, seating is always safer. We will not be encouraging the government to change the law.

So what do you reckon – does football need to reclaim that little bit of atmosphere lost after the move to all-seater stadiums? Or have you all grown comfortable on your ergonomically contoured plastic thrones?

4 responses so far
  • John // March 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I think they should bring it back in certain sections…what about just behind the goal…if you want to sit, then you can everywhere else in the f’in stadium.

  • McWayne // March 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Surely they have to bring it back. Football is for the fans not some tie wearing business men

  • R2Dad // March 23, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I think the terraces are a potential hazard, but really enliven the atmosphere. I didn’t grow up with them so don’t have an attachment like most. However, going forward I think new stadia should pay tribute to this tradition by building a dugout of sorts below the stands, so that standing fans can watch with their eyes right at pitch level. It wouldn’t be to everyone’s liking, but a perspex window could allow viewing if designers didn’t like the screaming masses right behind the team benches. Just an option to think about, if it hasn’t been proposed already.

  • elcynico // March 23, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Many of the old terraces were dirty filthy death traps. If new terraces are built, they have to be built to a high standard & at the first sign of bad behaviour they should be closed for a specified period.

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