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06 August 2017

Less than half of Premier League clubs provide enough facilities for disabled fans

PREMIER League clubs have been warned by Ministers to up their game to improve access for disabled fans.

Less than half of clubs are providing the minimum number of wheelchair spaces or disabled toilets, latest figures show.

Ministers have said that clubs need to take care of their disabled fans
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Ministers have said that clubs need to take care of their disabled fans[/caption]

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is currently probing whether clubs will meet their legal obligations ahead of their season starting this week two years after their initial pledge.

The Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health, Penny Mordaunt, said: “Premier League clubs have a duty to set an example to sports clubs all over the country, but far too many are still failing disabled people.

“Owners, managers and players come and go – it is the fans that remain constant and disabled supporters must be given equal priority.”

Tony Taylor, chair of the Level Playing Field, said: “The reality is that disabled sports fans still face an inequality of matchday experience when compared to non-disabled supporters.

“The Premier League clubs, with all of their significant wealth, should be at the forefront of that change.

“We urge the clubs to do the right thing and deliver on their own pledge made in 2015.”

Chair of the Level Playing Field Tony Taylor says disabled fans still face a lot of inequality on match day
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Chair of the Level Playing Field Tony Taylor says disabled fans still face a lot of inequality on match day[/caption]


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