posted on Dec, 30 2012 @ 04:41 AM
Sunderland have taped up the seats of fans who refuse to sit down during games at the Stadium of Light.
Supporters of the club who persistently stand during matches have been suspended from using their season tickets. A photo circulated on Twitter shows
a seat with a note on it saying: "This season card has been suspended due to persistent standing."
The club has issued a warning on its website about people who break the law on standing during a football match, and insisted it must act to protect
the safety and the view of other fans.
How embarrassing. Luckily, I don't support Sunderland. If I did I'd stop going to their matches in protest.
I know the reason for the all-seater stadiums, and why they're so much safer than standing (but could be replaced with railings with no loss of
safety, but that's a whole different issue) but to actually stalk people during the games enough to gain evidence to warrant this much of a ban is
just ridiculous. Those people must have had stewards staring at them for the whole game, possibly on multiple occasions and making notes and so on
just to stop people enjoying themselves.
It's not like there's a standing ban - what usually happens at normal games is that everyone sits, and sort of gradually rise as something interesting
happens, then jump up and down in happiness, or frustration. Then we'll stand for a few minutes until a steward comes along and says "settle down" and
we all sit back down.
I've honestly never seen someone carry on standing all alone when a steward says sit down, home or away. This sounds like the prawn sandwich brigade
making a fuss over nothing.
edit on 30-12-2012 by Dispo because: (no reason given)