The Disability Advisory Group of the Premier League has backed calls for UEFA to intervene in a ticketing issue between Real Madrid and Liverpool. Champions League clubs must reserve at least 5% of their capacity for visiting fans. Still, the Reds have been allocated 1,800 tickets for the last 16 second-leg encounters at the Bernabeu in March, which is slightly more than half the number expected.
Premier League disability group requests UEFA fix Liverpool ticket dispute
Wheelchair users have been limited to only four locations at the home end. Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association. Also, the fan organization Spirit of Shankly has communicated to Anfield executives. It has now been backed by the PL DAG, which has members from nine different Premier League teams. It includes Manchester United, Everton, and Tottenham.
“The members of the PL DAG would like to express their support for Liverpool’s disabled supporters in expressing their anger and disappointment in the unsatisfactory and miserly offer. The offer by Real Madrid of only four wheelchair spaces for their upcoming Champions League game at the Bernabeu stadium,” said a letter of support.
“This offer breaks all of UEFA’s rules and again shows that they only pay lip service to the concepts of inclusion and fair treatment to disabled football fans.
“The added insult of the four places offered in the ‘home’ end rubs salt into the wounds.
“As usual, UEFA talks the talk but hides away when taking effective action against recalcitrant clubs. Especially the bigger European clubs.
“With the expansion of the Europa League and the introduction of the Europa Conference League, more and more English Premier League clubs are qualifying to play competitive games in Europe for the first time.
“They are finding that the needs of disabled supporters are often ignored by some of the biggest clubs in Europe too.
“We call on UEFA to take action against Real Madrid to force them to treat all away fans according to the rules.
“The rules were written by UEFA and are adhered to when the European teams come to play in England.”