The Liberal Democrats want to write into law the ability for Premier League and Championship clubs to introduce safe standing at football grounds.

The political party, speaking to BBC Sport, confirmed that the idea will be part of its General Election manifesto in 2015.

The 1989 Football Spectators Act requires fans attending games in England's top two tiers to be seated. 

The Lib Dems believe rail seating, a popular feature in Germany, should be introduced if clubs wish to install standing sections. However, they are against a return to open terracing.

Rail seats can be locked to create seats or unlocked to create a standing area, and are an idea backed by a number of Premier League and Football League clubs. 

In February 2014, Sky Bet League 1 side Bristol City installed rail seating at their Ashton Gate home.

Posted on 22/08/2014