The response from Islington Council stated that a risk assessment their Safety Team had conducted earlier in the year identified risks with persistent standing and difficulty in policing/stewarding potentially violent behaviour in the upper tier. They used behaviour in the Capital One Cup game against Chelsea as an example of where this had been proved correct. In an earlier letter a number of general issues are raised about the tier, including the steeper gradient, height and persistent standing often seen among away fans.
Whilst the Council states that they take each game on its merits, we have put in a further request to both the Police and the Council for the information used to come to a differing decision in the game against Coventry City.
We will update you once this information is received. Should Liverpool FC be given an allocation including the upper tier we will put in a further request.
THST is sharing the FOI responses below.