Every league club to be asked to check cladding following Grenfell tragedy
The Sports Ground Safety Authority also confirmed yesterday that it would contact local authorities responsible for carrying out safety inspections at football clubs in their catchment area, in addition to cricket, rugby union and rugby league sides.Many football grounds use cladding, and although they are not as much of a safety risk as tower blocks – in which people could be asleep when fire strikes – there is enough concern to prompt the SGSA to act.The cladding at Grenfell Tower is widely suspected of turning a fire it was initially thought had been successfully extinguished into a lethal inferno that killed at least 80 people two weeks ago.Since then, samples of external cladding from 95 buildings in 32 areas in England have failed fire-proofing tests, with Prime Minister Theresa May ordering a national investigation. Such cladding has already been removed from a number of blocks of flats by local authorities.Fire was responsible for one of Britain’s worst sporting disasters when 56 people were killed at Bradford City’s Valley Parade in 1985.Police have warned the final death toll in the Grenfell Tower disaster may not be known until the end of the year.A public inquiry has been launched into the tragedy, with the retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick appointed as its head. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Every league club is to be asked to check their stadium for the cladding that has been blamed for the Grenfell Tower disaster.The body mandated by the Government to regulate ground safety in England and Wales is to write to all 92 teams, as well as sending letters to Wembley and the Principality Stadium. Wembley stadiumCredit:PA The NHS have also identified as many as 30 hospital trusts which have cladding made of material similar to that used on Grenfell Tower. Every league club is to be asked to check their stadium for the cladding that has been blamed for the Grenfell Tower disaster.The body mandated by the Government to regulate ground safety in England and Wales is to write to all 92 teams, as well as sending letters to Wembley and the Principality Stadium.