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Supporters reminded about persistent standing

Wolves supporters are being reminded that, despite the installation of barrier seating, Molineux is still an all-seater stadium and persistent standing is a breach of ground regulations.

The club announced in May that it was set to become the first Premier League side to install barrier seating into an existing stadium after the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) confirmed that it could be licensed as compliant with the government’s all-seater policy.

Now, nearly half of the seats in the South Bank, and those in the Stan Cullis Quadrant, will have new barrier seating installed by Thursday’s Europa League qualifier against Crusaders FC.

However, the barrier seats have been installed as a safety measure to guard against the risks associated with persistent standing in seated areas, and their introduction does not mean that supporters are now permitted to persistently stand during matches.

Wolves head of operations Steve Sutton said: “Keeping supporters of both sides safe at our fixtures is one of our most critical responsibilities and the introduction of barrier seating will aid us in doing this.

“However, we have stressed from the beginning of this process that these new seats will not create safe-standing areas and we will continue to have a management plan in place to ensure compliance with the government’s all-seater policy.

“The SGSA and Local Authority will be monitoring us closely and particularly our new seating arrangements to ensure our continued compliance with the licence conditions, therefore we urge all supporters to respect these rules, and their fellow supporters, by occupying their allocated seats and avoiding persistent standing in all areas of the stadium.”