Friday 27 January 2017
Premier League clubs’ facilities for disabled supporters have been severely criticised in a parliamentary report which states MPs would support legal action to force compliance by clubs with minimum provision set out by law. The report by the Culture, Media and Sport committee cites expert evidence that eight of the Premier League’s 20 clubs will fail to achieve the minimum legal number of wheelchair spaces for supporters, as set out in the Accessible Stadia Guide, by a deadline of August this year. The report said it was “completely unacceptable” that a number of Premier League clubs, principally those in older grounds, have failed to carry out basic adaptations over the past 20 years.
“It is very clear that sports clubs, notably many of those with very considerable income and resources, have not done anywhere near enough for sports fans with disabilities in recent years, despite the increase in income many of those clubs have enjoyed,” the report says.
Lord Holmes, the disabilities commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has threatened the Premier League and its clubs with legal action under anti-discrimination legislation if they do not comply with minimum standards, and the committee says it would support this.