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Manchester City Backing Safe Standing Campaign

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Manchester City are in favour of of the safe standing initiative, according to reports.

The Mirror claim the Premier League champions have approached the Football Association with an offer of holding a trial at the Etihad Stadium, a week after 13 English league clubs backed the scheme.

A City spokesman said: “Manchester City Football Club is supportive of initiatives to enhance – safely – our fans’ match-day experience, if supported by the appropriate football authorities.”

Aston Villa was the only top-tier side to pledge their backing to the safe standing campaign, which includes nearly half the Championship clubs and the Scottish Premier League on its list of supporters.

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City's travelling support always stand at matches and certain sections of Eastlands are populated by supporters who prefer to stand rather than sit.

The club declaring their interest is another boost for supporters eager for English football to cater for its partisanship as atmospheres dwindle.

West Ham United last week said they would be in favour of adopting safe standing at the Olympic Stadium after the Football Supporters' Federation demonstrated the efficiency of it in parliament, citing Germany's Bundesliga model..

However in light of September's Hillsborough revelations and the justice campaign's opposition to safe standing, safe standing advocates will still face raw opposition.

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