Southampton FC Sponsored By Scope Against Manchester Utd

Yesterday it was announced that Southampton FC will feature the logo of charity, Scope on their jerseys when they take on Manchester United at St Mary’s on Wednesday 17th to help raise awareness of discrimination against disabled football fans in the stands.

Southampton FC Sponsored By Scope Against Manchester Utd

The Saints usual shirt sponsor Virgin Media have donated their logo space to Scope on the Southampton 2016-17 home shirts made by Under Armourfor one match to help raise awareness.

Research shows that, 

  • Eight out of 10 disabled football fans have experienced discrimination at a football stadium
  • Almost two-thirds of disabled fans have stopped attending live matches as a result
  • Over half of non-disabled football fans think more should be done to make stadiums more accessible for disabled fans

Scope’s Chief Executive, Mark Atkinson, said: “This new research should serve as a wakeup call to all football clubs and fans. 

“Football is our national game and has the ability to bring people together. We know that large numbers of fans want everyday equality and that means an inclusive game where discrimination of any kind isn’t tolerated. Disabled fans shouldn’t feel forced out of the stadium.

“It’s great to see football teams like Southampton FC highlighting the issue, with the support of Virgin Media who’ve donated their shirt sponsorship to Scope for this match.

The rest of the football industry now needs to work together and kick disability discrimination out of the game.”

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