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UEFA consider standing areas

UEFA are to consider possible exceptions to their ban on standing areas at stadiums holding European matches.

The European governing body's president Michel Platini yesterday met fans from across the continent and German supporters put forward a case for allowing safe standing areas.

William Gaillard, UEFA's communications director and Platini's special adviser, said the ban on standing still applies but they were prepared to look at new designs in the future.

Gaillard told PA Sport: "There are some stadia in Germany that have standing areas which the public authorities say are perfectly safe.

"These are nothing like the old terraces, and it can be argued that they are much safer than having fans standing in seated areas as often happens.

"We have told the fans that the regulations we have now still apply, but that we are open to dialogue and would look at any new designs.

"In the future we are always ready, together with FIFA, to look at the options but at the moment we feel sitting is a much better way to watch football."

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