Sunderland Appreciate Sitting, Fans Lose Seats over Persistent Standing

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 27, 2012

Photo Credit: The Daily Mail
Photo Credit: The Daily Mail

Sunderland has had it with all the standing, going so far as to rip seats away from fans who can't seem to sit down when asked. 

The Daily Mail (h/t SportsGrid) reports that 38 restless fans who very much like to stand during fixtures have had their tickets yanked from them. 

In fact, here is what fans would have seen had they made their way to the recently vacated seats.

The Wearside club have ejected 38 fans from their seats for persistent standing, and have now withdrawn the season tickets of a number of repeat offenders.

Sunderland have now taken a hard-line stance against supporters who, they say, are endangering the safety and enjoyment of all fans. 

That's right. This is what happens when mere standing goes horribly awry. 

Of course, this sounds like a gross overreaction from the club, but when you think about it, there is reason to take action against these vile, "persistent" standers. 

The report continues to stat that there have been numerous fights between fans as well as with stewards trying to keep the peace. 

What's odd is the more regular abusers were already moved to the south end, away from the seats that were confiscated, via the report. 

So those who hate to be told to take a seat were actually present at the recent fixture, filling the stadium with the chant, "**** off you stewards we’ll stand if we want."

Paul Weir, Sunderland’s head of safety, had the duty of issuing the sentiment behind the persistent standing ban. 

While maintaining that the club is hardly a bunch of grumps, he gave some very good reasons as to why the club would take such bizarre action. 

We also have a duty of care to all our supporters, including elderly and disabled fans who have contacted us very concerned that their enjoyment on a matchday is being compromised because people around them stand throughout the game.

I love standing at certain points of the game, regardless of the sport. The thrill and excitement mandates that you get on your feet. 

But please remember that some people who would love to share in this act can't. The key is to act accordingly with those around you. 

Sadly, that's something that just doesn't happen nowadays. 


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