Could safe standing be introduced in the Premier League?

It will be discussed at a meeting next Thursday

Emirates Stadium

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The possibility of safe standing becoming a reality in the Premier League is a step closer after it will be discussed at a meeting in London next week.

Premier League clubs will formally discuss the idea at a league shareholder's meeting next Thursday, according to the Guardian.

All-seater stadiums became compulsory in 1994 after the publication of a report by Lord Justice Taylor in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster.

Speaking to the Guardian, the Premier League's executive chairman Richard Scudamore said: “We’re not immune to the fact that this is a topic and therefore it is in discussion with our clubs. They are all looking at the issue and at some point it will come around our table and we will see if there’s a point at which we might open up discussions with government to see what their view is on it."

“It’s very much individual clubs sensing for themselves where they are with it and we may or may not facilitate that discussion in the weeks and months to come,” he added.

Celtic Park recently opened a safe-standing area which allows for just under 3,000 fans to remain on their feet for an entire match and the clubs in England are looking to follow suit.