Chelsea and Tottenham amongst five teams to undertake safe-standing trial in 2022

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Chelsea and Tottenham are two of five clubs who will take part in a safe-standing trial from January 1 next year.

Cardiff, Manchester City and Manchester United will also be part of the trial, which was announced by sports minister Nigel Huddleston on Monday morning.

The trial marks the end of a blanket ban on standing in the top two tiers of English football, which has been in place for more than 25 years.

The process will be monitored by the independent firm CFE Research, and its findings will be provided to the Government for it to make a decision on a possible wider roll-out of safe standing for next season.

“I’m pleased to approve these five clubs as early adopters of licensed safe standing areas for the second half of the season,” said Huddleston.

“The time is now right to properly trial safe standing in the Premier League and EFL Championship ahead of a decision on a widespread roll-out.

“Safety is absolutely paramount and the SGSA (Sports Grounds Safety Authority) is working hand-in-glove with the clubs on this.

“Fans deserve different options on how they can enjoy a live match and I will be watching the progress of these trials with interest.”

Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, added: “The club has led on lobbying the Government for safe standing at stadia and is delighted that this will now be possible.

“It delivers choice for fans attending the game – whether home or away supporters – and the vast majority of our fans are in favour of this scheme.

“We are extremely proud of our ‘safe seating’ design, which ensures both comfort and safety, whether standing or seated, while maintaining the same aesthetics as in all other areas of the stadium.”

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