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Newcastle United shares findings from Hillsborough safety meeting

Following concerns raised by Newcastle United supporters who attended the club's FA Cup third round tie at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough Stadium on 7th January 2023, Newcastle United can share the findings of the subsequent Safety Advisory Group (SAG) meeting called by Sheffield City Council.

This follows a request by Newcastle United - in consultation with individual supporters and Newcastle United Supporters Trust - to Sheffield City Council under the Freedom of Information Act in order to provide fans with greater transparency around safety issues.

The response below contains public sector information obtained from Sheffield City Council and is licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

SAG meeting minutes:

Please find redacted SAG meeting minutes - including findings/conclusions and recommendations - here: https://nufc-production-cms-paris.azurewebsites.net/media/75177/sag-minutes-200123_redacted.pdf

Sheffield City Council's response:

We have attached the minutes of the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) meeting of 20 January 2023, which reviewed the match between Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United on 7 January 2023.

We have redacted the names of meeting attendees of the SAG under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on the grounds that it is personal data and disclosure would contravene the data protection principle under Article 5(1)(a) of the General Data Protection Regulation that processing of personal data must be lawful, fair, and transparent.

Regarding capacity reduction, we can advise that:

  • The Upper West Stand now has a further reduced capacity of 2400 (down from 3200 as a result of the recent review) for a stand with a holding capacity of 4194
  • The Lower West Stand now has a further reduced capacity of 1300 (down from 1500 as a result of the recent review) for a stand with a holding capacity of 2366.

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