Response to Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report into football stadia access

20 April 2017

In response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report into football stadia access, our chief executive Neil Heslop said:

‘These findings reflect badly on the lucrative English Premier League. A quarter of a century after its formation, disabled supporters continue to be sidelined from enjoying these games due to a lack of investment.

‘Less than 1% of stadium seats are allocated to disabled supporters at the majority of grounds, while home fans who are disabled are often only given seating in the away ends of their own stadium. 

‘Being denied the opportunity to join in and participate in the electrifying atmosphere of these top flight games in the same partisan way as other fans is unacceptable.

‘All football clubs, whatever league they are in, have a legal duty under the Equality Act 2010 to take reasonable steps to remove barriers faced by disabled fans.’

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