Sports Minister to commission further standing research

Sports Minister Tracy Crouch responded on Monday to nearly thirty MPs who argued the case for safe standing areas at football stadia by announcing that her department will be commissioning further research and analysis of the data - in particular data about spectator injuries at football grounds. She said:

"Today I can announce that we will commission an external analysis of evidence relating to the all-seater policy. My Department will be going out to tender for this piece of work shortly, and my aim is that the initial analysis work will be completed by the end of the year. As well as looking at what evidence already exists and assessing its reliability, that work will look to identify any important gaps in data, including injury data, and recommend the best ways of filling them."

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