Premier League defends record in improving facilities for disabled supporters

The Premier League defends its record in improving facilities for disabled fans after claims that a number of top-flight clubs are failing to meet their own targets.

The Premier League has defended its record in improving facilities for disabled supporters.

Clubs in the top flight promised two years ago that they would meet basic recommendations - first made in 1998 - by the start of this season.

A report in The Telegraph, however, has suggested that, while 11 top-tier clubs have made improvements that meet the league-wide promise on disabled access, some others have fallen short of hitting that criteria.

In response, the Premier League has claimed that there are inaccuracies in the report, and adds that it will publish its own data in the coming weeks.

The body also states that they have delivered about 1,000 new wheelchair bays inside Premier League stadiums in the last two years - an increase of 50%, with more on the way.

A statement from the Premier League read: "Premier League clubs have delivered a substantial program of work to improve their disabled access provisions.

"Rapid progress has been made and the clubs' commitment to improve facilities, and other services, is unprecedented in scale, scope and speed by any group of sports grounds or other entertainment venues in the UK.

"The Accessible Stadia Guide (ASG) offers guidance on how to meet the regulatory requirements for clubs that build new stadia, and provides good practice guidelines for those with older facilities where they are obliged to make 'reasonable adjustments' in adapting their existing buildings."

Clubs promoted to the Premier League are given two years to make the improvements, so although Newcastle United, Huddersfield Town and Burnley are implicated in the report, they still have time to make the necessary amendments.

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