The Liverpool FC Disabled Supporters Association has insisted that the decision of UEFA for the allocation of wheelchair seats for the UCL final is completely unacceptable. The Stade de France has 550 wheelchair spaces available but each team will receive just 38 spaces respectively. Level Playing Field – a charity that acts as a campaign group for disabled sports fans – wrote to UEFA to ask about the issue.

“This would be a meager allocation in any circumstances for a game of this magnitude but given the Stade de France usually has 550 spaces available it is totally unacceptable,” a statement from a Liverpool fan group read for the UCL final. “We have over 200 wheelchair bays at Anfield and as a result of the shortfall, many of our supporters who are wheelchair users have been left disappointed.”

“Due to operational challenges, linked in particular to the change of venue for the final on short notice (Stade de France replaced Saint Petersburg only on February 25), UEFA was able to assign 93 wheelchair positions (76 allocated to the fans of the two clubs) which fulfill the quality sightlines UEFA aims to offer to disabled spectators,” the statement added. “For an event of this size, UEFA would usually aim to identify a higher number of positions, but due to operational constraints (e.g. security, poor view, etc.) and the short preparation time, it was not possible to implement optimal solutions for more wheelchair positions.”

“The key question is what has happened to the other 474 bays? But whatever the reason, it has resulted in disabled football fans being forced out of a massive game and that can’t ever be acceptable,” The LFC Disabled Supporters Association said. “The wheelchair bays are used at every other major event held in the stadium. For UEFA to say the reduction is for operational reasons is laughable.”

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