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League One: Bristol City hope to change stadium laws made in the wake of Hillsbrough disaster

Bristol City are hoping to become the country's first club to introduce 'safe standing areas' at their Ashton Gate stadium.

The League One club is aiming to redevelop their ground, starting this summer, and wants to include the rail seating in two stands, subject to proposed changes in stadium seating laws being changed.

The Football League will be lobbying government to amend the laws made after the Taylor Report into the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, which claimed 96 lives.

Initially, until the laws affecting football clubs can be changed, the safe standing areas will only be able to be used when Bristol Rugby are holding games at the stadium.

The club's chief executive Doug Harman said: "If we are given the relevant permissions, this could be a great opportunity for Bristol City FC to become the first club in the Football League to install rail seating, as well as becoming a showcase for other teams up and down the country."

"At last week's Football League meeting there was clear strong support from clubs for the League to approach the authorities for a relaxation and change in the regulations."

"We've received feedback from our supporters who are keen for the option of safe standing and with the proposed redevelopment of Ashton Gate and Bristol Rugby's move to the stadium this summer, this seems to be the right time to explore this further."

Bristol are currently fighting a relegation battle in League One, and did their chances no harm by beating high flying Leyton Orient 3-1 on their own turf last night.

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