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Nottingham Forest issue persistent standing warning to supporters

Nottingham Forest have issued an update to their supporters, warning them about the punishments for persistent standing at the City Ground.

Concerns raised by SAD and potential punishments

In a club statement, Nottingham Forest said: “Nottingham Forest would like to remind all supporters that persistent standing is prohibited at The City Ground for your safety and the safety of others.”

The statement comes as a result of concerns raised by the local authority’s Safety Advisory Group (SAD) during home matches this campaign.

Included in the statement was a reminder of the punishment that will face supporters who are caught persistently standing at the City Ground, as well as the sanctions that could face the club if the issue isn’t addressed.

Nottingham Forest said: “Failure to address persistent standing puts the club at risk of severe sanctions, including an enforced reduction in stadium capacity on match days. This would have very negative consequences for our famous atmosphere, limit the availability of tickets for supporters, and harm our finances and reputation. We cannot allow this to happen.

“It is therefore imperative we take stronger measures to ensure compliance with strict stadium regulations.

“Please be advised that if supporters fail to comply with the requests of our security and stewarding colleagues, we reserve the right to ban individuals from the stadium and rescind season cards, where appropriate. Unfortunately, we have already been forced to ban a number of supporters for persistent standing this season.”

Nottingham Forest discussing the introduction of safe standing

The Athletic reported last week that the club are considering the introduction of safe standing in certain areas of the City Ground.

Forest chairman Tom Cartledge is aiming to implement safe standing this year, in line with the club’s overall plans to renovate and expand the stadium by the end of 2027.

Forest concluded their statement with the following: “Whilst we actively explore long-term solutions to this issue (including the potential introduction of Safe Standing areas) your cooperation is crucial.

“Please be respectful of requests from our stewards on match days. They are here to ensure the safety and enjoyment of everyone in the stadium and enforce compliance with the conditions set out in our safety license.

“The club is extremely grateful for your role in helping create the City Ground atmosphere that is known across the Premier League, and beyond.  Let’s work together to keep it that way.

We thank you for your cooperation and support.”


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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