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Club and fans meet sports minister on safe standing

18 October 2018

Senior officials from Norwich City Football Club along with representatives from Canary fan groups met with the Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch to discuss safe standing at football grounds.

Norwich supports a change in the current legislation to enable clubs in the top two divisions of English football to introduce safe standing sections for fans.

Club Chairman Ed Balls was joined by Director Tom Smith, Director of Communications Joe Ferrari and Safety, Security and Counter-Terrorism Manager Andy Batley at the meeting at Westminster on Wednesday.

The Club also invited along Robin Sainty, chairman of the Canaries Trust, Ffion Thomas from Capital Canaries and Jon Punt representing Along Come Norwich and Barclay End Norwich, who shared their views alongside Norwich South MP Clive Lewis and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb. 

Speaking after the meeting, Ed said: “It was a very constructive and informative meeting in which the Club, some of our supporters and local MPs were given an opportunity to restate our case for safe standing to be permitted at Carrow Road.

“We would like to thank Tracey Crouch for giving us her time, listening to our views and updating us regarding the Government’s position on this issue. We are the only Club to be given this opportunity to speak directly to the Minister for Sport and Civil Society. We are determined Norwich City will continue to be at the forefront of this debate.”

In a recent matchday experience survey conducted by Norwich City, 81% of the 2,439 fans who took part said they would support the introduction of a safe standing area at Carrow Road, with 90% of season ticket holders and members in the Barclay Lower in support. In addition, 74% of those asked believed the creation of a safe standing area would help to improve the atmosphere at Carrow Road.

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