8 Feb 2014

Standing areas may return in English second division

9:32 am on 8 February 2014

English Football League clubs say they are in favour of standing areas at stadiums and plan to hold talks to bring them back at Championship, or second division, level.

Standing at Premier League and Championship matches has been banned since 96 Liverpool fans died at Hillsborough in 1989 while clubs in League 1 and 2 are allowed sections of terracing.

But at a vote of the 72 Football League clubs, the majority were in favour of bringing back standing areas at second tier grounds.

Peter Daykin, safe-standing co-ordinator for the Football Supporters' Federation, told the BBC the vote was a significant development for football.

Daykin says it's approaching 25 years since the Hillsborough disaster and both football and policing technology is a completely different ball game now.

But Margaret Aspinall from the Hillsborough Family Support Group says they are still opposed to terracing.