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Villa consider rail seat trials

Aston Villa would be keen to trial the use of 'rail seats' at Villa Park to help promote the introduction of safe standing in the Premier League.

Villa's football operations manager Lee Preece was at Bristol City's Ashton Gate home where a block of rail seats, which can be flipped into an upright position to create rows of standing areas, were installed at an English football ground for the first time.

But current legislation means when more rail seats are installed as part of City's redevelopment, only Bristol Rugby supporters will be able to use them.

After watching a demonstration, Preece explained that Villa are keen to join Bristol City in playing their part to further the campaign.

"We at Aston Villa have said we are quite happy to use an area of Villa Park as a trial so the Premier League, the authorities and the government can see a safe standing area in practice," he said.

"I'd like to think it could happen in the Premier League. The main thing from Villa's perspective is we have put our head above the parapet simply to further the debate."