Premier League Clubs Criticised Over Disabled Fans’ Access


Same Difference

Premier League clubs have been accused of failing to act quickly enough to improve facilities for disabled fans and aiming only for minimum legal requirements.

Speaking to MPs on the culture, media and sport committee, Lord Holmes of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission described the clubs’ attitude to disabled access as “defensive” and contrasted it with a more “collaborative, open and honest” approach from other sports.

The EHRC’s disability commissioner said: “There hasn’t been an inclusive culture within the Premier League. Inclusion is not just about bare compliance and satisfying a legal requirement. It can be a powerful message and a beacon to the whole community.”

Lord Holmes, a nine-times Paralympics swimming gold medallist, pointed out that there are “pages and pages” in the league rule book about broadcasting requirements in stadiums but only “one line on disability access”. He also noted the quick fixes clubs made when asked…

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