Wolves have welcomed the development of the safe standing debate, which has gathered pace since the Club invited Malcolm Clarke, Chairman of the Football Supporters Federation (FSF), to discuss the issue with Wolves Fans Parliament members and supporters in May 2011. (Click HERE to read the full Fans Parliament minutes from that meeting).
The invitation was extended to the FSF by Chief Executive, Jez Moxey, following a live blog with fans on the Club’s official website and a suggestion by a Wolves supporter. Subsequently, Wolves became the first Club in the country to formally sit around a table with the FSF and supporters to discuss and debate this important and emotive issue.
In addition, FSF representative, Jon Darch, demonstrated the Rail Seat concept to fans (pictured below) and Wolves supporters had the opportunity to stand in mock Rail Seats erected inside Molineux before the meeting.
Wolves have confirmed their support for a trial of safe standing, whilst asking fans to abide by the current legislation in place and to refrain from persistent standing.
Jez Moxey, Chief Executive, Wolves, said, “At Wolves we fundamentally believe in engaging with our supporters in an open and constructive manner – our Fans Parliament is an excellent example of how this works to good effect. We are also keen to participate in industry related discussions and the safe standing debate is a topical subject that many fans are interested in.
“An appropriate trial of safe standing would help ensure a robust and evidence-based debate could take place. We, therefore, support the Football Supporters Federations’s call on Government to give permission for a limited trial or a pilot scheme to take place.
“Of course, there would be lots of difficult issues to address before anything could happen and everyone who is interested in pursuing the idea would need to do it in a sensitive and democratic way paying attention to the current laws that are in place. They would also need to continue to be respectful to the views of the families who lost loved ones at Hillsborough and those who may have very strong contrary views.
“Finally, we also take this opportunity to stress the importance of fans abiding by the current legislation that’s in place and we repeat the call for fans not to persistently stand whilst this debate continues.”