Safe-standing areas to be allowed in some European games

AP , Wednesday 27 Jul 2022

Safe-standing areas will be allowed on a trial basis at European club games involving teams from England, Germany and France this season, UEFA said Wednesday.

FILE - Borussia Dortmund fans stand singing on the southern tribune  yellow wall  prior to the Germa
FILE - Borussia Dortmund fans stand singing on the southern tribune yellow wall prior to the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Augsburg in Dortmund, Germany, on Oct. 2, 2021. UEFA said on July 27, 2022, that safe-standing areas will be allowed on a trial basis at European club games involving teams from England, Germany and France during 2022-2023 season. AP

European soccer's governing body said it will assess the findings of what it calls an ``observer program'' at the end of the season and decide whether to continue or expand it.

The three countries in question are already authorized to have safe standing at the domestic level. In England, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham all have safe-standing licenses.

UEFA is limiting the trial to the top-five associations in its rankings. Spain and Italy do not currently have safe-standing areas.

The final of each of the three UEFA competitions will be excluded from the trial.

``The objective,'' UEFA said, ``is to assess if and under what conditions standing may be reintroduced in UEFA competitions in a safe manner.''

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