SOUTHAMPTON fans could soon be able to stand in support of their team, as a petition to introduce safe-standing is to be debated by MPs.

More than 110,000 supporters across the country signed a petition to alter the all-seater policy in the Premier League and Championship, which was brought in under the Football Spectators’ Act in 1989.

In Southampton, councillor Andrew Pope, pictured, has been leading the charge to bring more atmosphere to St Mary’s Stadium.

The idea is also set go before Southampton City Council’s full council on May 16.

Cllr Pope, of Southampton Independents, said: “The news that parliament has been forced to debate it by e-petition is brilliant news. I want to see action though, not more talk by MPs.

“Together, fans have shown the government that safe-standing is not backed by a ‘vocal minority’ as claimed by Sports Minister Tracey Crouch.

“She should be ashamed of herself for being so out-of-touch with football fans. A vast majority support safe-standing and she should know that.

“Now, both the city council and parliament will debate safe-standing in the next couple of months. I expect all city councillors to back the motion with action.”

Fellow Premier League side West Brom had a 3,600 seat pilot scheme rejected by the government.

The Saints condemned the Midlands side to the Championship after a 1-0 win over fellow relegation strugglers Swansea on Tuesday night.

It was a result which put Saints on the brink of Premier League survival ahead of the last game of the season against champions Manchester City at St Mary’s tomorrow.

The Premier League has also asked for more evidence before it would be allowed at top-flight stadiums.

Cllr Pope added: “The debates locally and nationally are major milestones in the Southampton Independents campaign for safe-standing at St. Mary’s.

“I am delighted and I hope all Southampton fans are too with the progress."