Statement on the accessibility of Premier League stadium facilities

15 September 2016

Responding to the Equality and Human Rights Commissions’ statement regarding the accessibility of Premier League stadium facilities, Leonard Cheshire Disability’s director of campaigns Peter Jenkins said:

‘It is unacceptable that some disabled fans continue to find themselves on the sidelines, unable to attend live matches due to a lack of fully accessible stadia.

‘Under the Equality Act 2010, football clubs have a clear legal duty to take reasonable steps to remove barriers faced by disabled fans — but even newly built facilities are ignoring this requirement.

‘Those that don’t comply with the law should be shown a red card.

‘With the enormous financial resources available to them, Premier League clubs should do more than what legislation requires.

‘We want clubs to become truly inclusive by increasing access to football for all, from hosting blind football tournaments to making training facilities accessible to disabled users.’

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You can read the EHRC’s statement ‘More than a third of Premier League clubs will not meet disabled accessibility standards’ online.