Premier League not planning changes to rules over standing in grounds

Aston Villa: Interested in bringing safe standing to Villa Park

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The Premier League is not planning to lobby for a change to current rules which ban standing areas in top-flight grounds.

Some clubs are keen to introduce 'safe standing' areas which use rail-seats, with Bristol City set to trial them at upcoming rugby matches and Aston Villa interested in furthering the campaign.

The Ashton Gate side unveiled a small section of rail seats on Wednesday but under current regulations they are only able to be used by Bristol Rugby, who share their stadium.

Standing at grounds in England's top two divisions has been banned since all-seater stadiums were ordered in the wake of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and the Taylor Report which followed.

Several clubs are believed to be open-minded about allowing rail seating, which can be locked upright to allow standing with barriers between each row, but they are opposed by the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

A Premier League spokesman said: "We support the current legislation and see no reason to change it."

Aston Villa's football operations manager Lee Preece said his club would be interested in a further trial if the league's position does change.

He said: "We at Aston Villa have said we are quite happy to use an area of Villa Park as a trial so the Premier League, the authorities and the government can see a safe standing area in practice."