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Safe standing to be debated in House of Commons on June 25

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MP Ian Mearns and safe standing campaigner Peter Daykin share their thoughts after a All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting on safe standing.

Parliament will debate the possible introduction of safe standing in the Premier League, and Championship, on June 25.

MPs will address the issue in the House of Commons after a petition to have the matter discussed reached 100,000 signatures last week.

The announcement comes after campaigners met MPs the Football Supporters All Party Parliamentary Group meeting in the Palace of Westminster on Tuesday.

Celtic have successfully introduced a safe standing area in recent years, but no English top-flight or second-tier team currently has safe standing within their stadium.

Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch recently rejected a proposal from Premier League side West Brom to introduce a safe standing at The Hawthorns, with the Minister claiming the change was only wanted by a "vocal minority".

But given the volume of interest the safe standing petition has raised, the Minister has now promised to approach the matter again during the debate.

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