Aston Villa consider safe standing

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Aston Villa propose a safe standing area to be implemented at Villa Park.

Aston Villa are proposing to launch a safe standing area at Villa Park, but will have to wait for a change in the law before their plans come into action.

Football stadia were made all-seating following a disaster in 1989 at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground where 96 Liverpool supporters were crushed to death.

With the notion of safe standing sections being considered in recent months, the Midlands side could be the first Premier League club to implement the stand.

Villa chief executive Paul Falkner has chosen a corner of their stadium, in between the Holte End and the Trinity Road Stand, as a test area for the proposal, according to the Brimingham Mail.

Villa are believed to have held discussions with the Football Supporters' Federation but if their plans prove to be successful, they are unlikely to be able to open the new section until the 2013/14 season.

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