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Hillsborough Families Oppose Terraces Return
The families of the 96 Liverpool supporters killed in the Hillsborough disaster will write to Football League clubs asking them to reconsider their support for standing in the top divisions.
Football League clubs voted on Thursday to lobby Government for a change in the law that would allow clubs in the Championship to install "safe standing" areas in their grounds.
Margaret Aspinall, chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, told Sky News she remains totally opposed to any form of standing.
Under current laws introduced following the disaster, clubs in the Championship and Premier League have to play in all-seater stadiums. Clubs in League One and Two are allowed terraces.
Now Football League clubs want to explore the use of "rail seats", widely used in Europe, to allow fans to stand in safety.
The seats convert into a standing area, with a hand rail behind every seat to prevent crowd surges or crushing. They are used in the Bundesliga, where Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadium has a single stand that holds 20,000 people in standing configuration.
But Ms Aspinall said that any return to standing would be a step backwards.
"I think it is a disgrace and I will be writing to many of those Football League clubs to reconsider what they are thinking of doing," she said.
"We have seen at Hillsborough what can happen when things go wrong.
"We have come 10 steps forward since then and I do not know why anyone would want to go backwards.
"I will never change my mind about standing and we will always be opposed."
The Football League confirmed the clubs had asked the executive to begin discussions with the sports minister and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority over introducing rail seating in the Championship.
Chief executive Shaun Harvey said: "The consultation has given us a better understanding of the wide range of views held by clubs on this issue and we will take our cue from the prevailing opinion.
"We recognise this is both a complicated and sensitive matter that will need significant debate.
"Therefore, no-one should assume it will lead to overnight change."
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