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West Bromwich Albion to appeal against safe-standing rejection

(Ah Fat Talk Ball) - West Bromwich Albion expressed disappointment and surprise on Monday after an application to introduce a safe-standing section at their Hawthorns ground was rejected by the British government.

The Premier League club said they had written back requesting a review of the decision taken by Sports Minister Tracey Crouch.

English clubs are legally required to have all-seater grounds since the 1990 Taylor Report into the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster, in which 96 Liverpool supporters died, recommended the change.

The league's governing body is keen on re-opening discussions about the matter, however.

West Brom had offered to run a pilot scheme in the Smethwick End for home and away fans from the 2018-19 season, with the formal application submitted last October.

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