Man Utd Considers Standing Area

Manchester United’s Old Trafford (Getty Images)

Manchester United is looking for a way to get more fans into Old Trafford that wouldn’t involve additional seats.

An investigation will be launched to see if it’s viable to add a standing area at United’s home stadium. The move would represent a reversal from previous statements that indicated the stadium was not equipped for it and legislation would be needed for it to be legal.

According to The Independent, the idea was pitched to the club’s new chief executive Ed Woodward at a recent fans’ forum. Woodward reportedly has experience standing at Chelmsford City in his native Essex and is interested in exploring the logistics of bringing such a section to Old Trafford.

However, some legislative wrangling would be required first. The 1989 Football Spectators Act says stadia in the top two divisions must have seats for all fans. The law was enacted after 96 fans in a standing area were crushed to death at Hillsborough.

UEFA Punishes Racism at Two Stadia

Racist fan behavior at a pair of Europa League matches has led to UEFA sanctions.

Cypriot club Apoel Nicosia and Croatian club HNK Rijeka will see partial stadium closures as a result, according to the AP.

Apoel was also fined 45,000 euros for a variety of charges which include offensive banners, throwing fireworks, and late kickoffs in an October 3 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Orlando MLS Team On the Way Pending Stadium Vote

A Major League Soccer executive says Orlando would quickly be granted an expansion team if the Orange County Commission approves a $84 million downtown stadium.

MLS president Mark Abbott told the Orlando Sentinel that if funding is approved, he will work with the Orlando City organization to bring MLS to Orlando, saying he will move “very quickly” to finalize a franchise deal.

“Our next step is to finalize an expansion agreement, and I believe that we’ll be able to do that,” said Abbott.

Of the $84 million stadium price tag, the team would pay $30 million toward construction in addition to annual payments for the next 25 years.

New Pitch at Nehru Stadium

Nehru Stadium will have a new pitch by January. (Getty Images)

In anticipation of a tournament to be held starting in January, IMG-Reliance is re-laying the pitch at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

The pitch will be re-done “as per the international standards and norms,” an IMG-Reliance spokesperson told the Press Trust of India.

Delhi is one of eight cities that will be a part of the IMG Reliance League, which will take place from January 18 to March 30. The practice pitch will also be re-laid.

The stadium was built in 1982 and has a capacity of 60,000. Its namesake was India’s first prime minister.

By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin

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