The Stade de France offers 550 wheelchair spots, but only 93 will be used for the event. Each team will receive 38; UEFA: “We agree that the number of seats accessible to disabled and limited mobility supporters is inadequate.”
UEFA’s allocation for wheelchair users at Saturday’s Champions League final has been deemed “absolutely unacceptable” by the Liverpool FC Disabled Supporters Association.
The Stade de France offers 550 wheelchair spots, but only 93 will be used for the match, each club receiving 38. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds play Real Madrid at the Stade de France, with 550 wheelchair spaces.”We’re furious about it,” said Ted Morris, the LDSA’s secretary.
Uefa has been contacted by Level Playing Field, a campaign group for disabled sports fans, to inquire about the matter.
The final will be held in Paris after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine resulted in the city of St Petersburg being stripped of the event.
“This would be a pitiful provision under any conditions for a game of this size, but knowing that the Stade de France typically has 550 spaces available, it is completely unacceptable,” the LFC Disabled Supporters Association said in a statement.
“We have over 200 wheelchair bays at Anfield, and many of our wheelchair-using supporters have been upset as a result of the lack.”
Because of the situation, Morris said he would attend the game with a “tinge of grief.”
“When bays are available, it’s not fair. It’s simply incorrect “he stated. “I’d like Uefa to explain why they’re being exploited in this way. This has an impact on both teams.”
The charity Level Playing Field, which operates as a lobbying group for disabled sports fans, wrote to UEFA to inquire. “We (UEFA) acknowledge the situation and agree that the number of seats accessible to disabled and limited mobility supporters is insufficient,” the governing body declared. We (UEFA) are continually working to ensure spectators’ most excellent possible conditions to attend UEFA competitions.
UEFA was only able to assign 93 wheelchair positions for disabled spectators.” And it was mainly due to some operational challenges.
“Normally, UEFA would strive to find a greater number of positions for an event of this size, but due to operational restrictions (e.g., security, bad vision, etc.) and the short preparation time, it was not able to execute effective solutions for additional wheelchair positions.”
“The main question is what happened to the other 474 bays,” the LFC Disabled Supporters Association added. Whatever the cause, it has resulted in disabled football fans being ejected from a significant match, which can never be justified.
“Every other significant event held in the stadium uses the wheelchair bays.” It’s ludicrous that UEFA claims the reduction is due to operational concerns. We are in close communication with relevant authorities and Football Supporters Europe, and we have never discussed supporter-related operational reasons. This was merely UEFA’s predetermined distribution.”
Despite the game’s capacity of 75,000, Liverpool and Real Madrid have each received 19,618 tickets. A total of 12,000 tickets were made available to the general public through a ballot that closed before the semi-final second legs were played.