Football: Sportsgrounds

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with relevant authorities to improve security and safety measures at football matches.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The safety of all those who participate in sport and attend sporting fixtures is a priority for government. Clubs and venue owners must take the necessary steps to put in place reasonable protection, both for players and spectators.

Following the recent pitch incursions at Birmingham City FC and Arsenal FC, the Sports Grounds Safety Authority – the government’s expert body in sports grounds safety – will be working closely with clubs, local authorities and the police to learn the lessons and ensure robust plans are in place to prevent a recurrence.

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