Manchester United disabled supporters ‘fuming’ after Old Trafford oversight

Manchester United came under fire from disabled fans at their Premier League opener against Brighton after staff were accused of a major oversight that left temporary seating blocking the bays usually use by wheelchair-using supporters. 

Manchester United Disabled Supporters’ Association has since established that flexible seating in the disabled facility at the Stretford End had not been cleared following matches that were hosted in the women’s European Championship, leaving wheelchair users without access to their usual places. 

One fan, whose son is in a wheelchair, said that the club were “an absolute joke” and that they had to wait until after the match had kicked off before being told what had happened. They were eventually able to watch the match from an alternative area of the ground. 

“Zayden’s season ticket wheelchair bay gone as United have messed up with the redesign of the Stretford End,” wrote Twitter user Benjamin Brazil. “Fuming isn’t the word. What a mess but it was the 45 minutes that we had no idea what was going on. My son got really upset thinking he was going to miss out on the game. Why no one triple checked the work… is beyond me.” 

Another fan, called Vicky, replied, saying that she was “fuming too” and “fed up of being a second thought” while another, called Ben, added: “Joke. Even worse than the football today! Got there and didn’t know what to do. I’ve been told it will be sorted for Liverpool [on Aug 22].” 

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