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Sport must do more for disabled supporters, say ministers

Tracey Crouch, the sports minister

 Tracey Crouch, the sports minister, has written to all 223 clubs surveyed for a government report, along with the minister for the disabled, Justin Tomlinson. Photograph: Peter Marshall / Demotix/Peter Marshall/Demotix/Corbis

Professional football, rugby and cricket clubs across Britain have been urged by the government to improve facilities for disabled spectators after two surveys found most clubs and grounds “dispiriting” and “a stain on our major sports and leagues”.

Tracey Crouch, the sports minister, and Justin Tomlinson, the minister for disabled people, have written to all 223 clubs surveyed for a government report, Inclusive and Accessible Stadia. Calling on clubs to improve the overall experience for disabled supporters, the ministers have said: “We know there is some good practice out there and some spectator sports clubs are making a real difference to the experience of their disabled fans. But depressingly these are still the exceptions rather than the rule. The stories of bad and dubious treatment of disabled spectators seem to be never-ending and are a stain on our major sports and leagues.”

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