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Football League to canvas opinion on the return of safe standing

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The Football League sent out a consultation document to all 72 member clubs on Friday. The document canvasses opinion on the possible return of safe standing across all three divisions.

Standing is currently allowed in Leagues One and Two but Championship grounds must be all-seater after a club has played in the second tier for three seasons.

The clubs, who had asked for more information about standing, will debate the issue at a meeting in February

"It is now over to the clubs to get their views," said Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey.

"Speaking personally, I do not have strong views on this and it is genuinely a matter for the clubs."

The subject was initially raised at the Football League's annual chairman's conference in Portugal last June, with clubs voting in favour of further investigating the issue.

Acting on the wishes of its members, Football League officials gathered more information, including canvassing the opinion of the Football Supporters' Federation  , which for many years has campaigned for safe standing.

"There has been a sea-change in attitude at clubs over the last two-to-three years towards safe standing and this is an example of that," said FSF co-chairman Malcolm Clarke.

"As far as the Football League is concerned the law is a total nonsense - it allows standing in League One and League Two but not in the Championship."

The Football League document includes contributions from Derby County, Peterborough and Bristol City - three clubs who have expressed an interest in seeing the rules changed.

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