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Premier League to make a stand

The Premier League will not be backing the Football Supporters' Federation's call for safe standing areas in the top two divisions in England.

Terraces were banned following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 but the Premier League insist that all-seater stadia are safe and better for fans.

Premier League chief spokesman Dan Johnson said: "Our view is that the benefits of all-seater stadia far outweigh the return of standing areas.

"They have led to more women and more children attending the games and no matter how safe standing can be made, seating is always safer.

"We will not be encouraging the Government to change the law."

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