Attending college sporting events, plus minor league hockey and baseball in the US, it always seems there are plenty of provisions for people with challenges in physical mobility. Interesting that with all those millions flowing freely between clubs and to players, especially the Premier League’s big six, that only three of the league’s twenty teams have acceptable facilities. Swansea, Leicester, and newly-promoted Bournemouth–not exactly big-market outfits.
Lord Holmes …
… highlighted abuse against disabled fans at Liverpool and an 80-year-old man at Manchester United who had his walking stick taken off him by stewards.
A Chelsea fan was told to wait until 2022 for the club’s new stadium to offer more seats.
Do PL grounds have sufficient access for the disabled? Who knows. The UK does have an equivalent to our ADA so the clubs would appear to be at least legally compliant. Not a single sponsor will pull out.
On the sponsors, I think I’d agree. Too big a business to get involved with a protest. As a PR move, I would think the clubs would do what they could with a reasonable budget and then promote it as indicative of their good-heartedness. But then again, American sport doesn’t always behave that way.