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Premier League Football Clubs are still Failing their Disabled Supporters

wheelchair area at a football ground

The football results are in…And the season hasn’t kicked off yet!

Confused? The results we are concentrating on relate to a survey carried out by the Revitalise charity which monitored the disabled access at Premier League clubs, unfortunately most of the teams only scraped through to the second division.

Out of all the Premier Leagues only Arsenal, Bournemouth and Swansea matched the wheeelchair spaces recommended by Uefa.

At the bottom of the table we find Aston Villa (41%), Watford (35%) and Tottenham scoring a measly 28 per cent.

Whilst other guidelines are being met it seems the ones released for disabled spectators are being left on the sub bench. The number of adequate spaces for wheelchairs was published in 2004, in European football similar guidelines were released in 2003.

In July a second hearing in the House of Lords called for Premier League sponsors and broadcasters to distance themselves from the sport until the clubs improved their access for disabled fans.

From a disabled persons perceptive it seems that no matter how far up the league their favourite team are most of them have been relegated!

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