Discrimination against disabled football fans

Research conducted by Opinium on behalf of Scope, found that 80% disabled fans have experienced discrimination at a football stadium. In turn, this has led to close to almost two thirds (62%) of those supporters stopping attending matches.

A further 39% say they’ve experienced negative attitudes from other fans, while 29% had been victims of verbal abuse.

Southampton will promote awareness to the issues faced by disabled supporters during their Premier League clash with Manchester United by wearing Scope branding on their shirts.

The Saints will also be raising money at half-time for the disability charity by allowing fans to take penalties – with £5,000 being donated for every goal scored – while regular shirt sponsors Virgin Media will be donating their sponsorship of the shirt for the game to Scope.

Southampton players Fraser Forster, Jay Rodriguez and Steven Davis teamed up with Paralympic gold medal winners Jonnie Peacock and Richard Whitehead earlier this week to learn how to take the ‘perfect penalty’ to further promote the plans.

Read more about the research here