AFC Bournemouth have released a statement following confirmation that they will be unable to provide minimum standards for disabled fans by the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
The Cherries are just one of a number of clubs listed in an article by the Daily Telegraph.
The report claims…
‘Premier League clubs risk fines or even points deductions for failing disabled fans’.
AFC Bournemouth’s Dean Court home currently provides 197 dedicated wheelchair spaces, exceeding the minimum guideline of 105.
However only 10 places are on raised platforms with the rest pitchside.
With the limitations of Dean Court, which has already seen a decrease in attendances following promotion to the Premier League to make provisions for the world’s media and additional camera positions, the Cherries have stated that they will be unable to fulfil the requirements by the deadline.
In a statement on afcb.co.uk AFC Bournemouth stated…
‘…due to the structural and logistical nature of Vitality Stadium, which is not owned by the club, meeting the full commitment will prove extremely challenging.
This includes the requirement for 81 elevated wheelchair positions at different points around the ground – something that could see a significant number of seats removed from what is already the smallest capacity stadium in the Premier League.
It is already in the public domain that AFC Bournemouth are currently working towards moving into a new stadium in time for the 2020/21 season, and the club have assured the Premier League that all disability access requirements will be met in this proposed facility.
According to the Telegraph report, Chelsea and Liverpool will also fail to meet the guidelines, whilst Burnley, Crystal Palace, Hull, Sunderland and West Ham are still working towards meeting the guidelines.
Scudamore has demonstrated an inability and lack of leadership to really drive this issue forward.
Unless an independent panel is established, with a significant representation of disabled people, which can apply sanctions then I don`t hold out much hope of progress. – Join the conversation here.
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