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Football League Avoids Boycott; Promises To Review Stadium Accessibility
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 20, 2003

CARDIFF, WALES--The Manchester United Disabled Supporters Association (MUDSA) has called off its boycott of an upcoming football (soccer) game after the Football League agreed to give away 300 tickets to the event and to examine the stadium's accessibility for fans with disabilities, the BBC reported Wednesday.

The 1,000 member MUDSA had scheduled the boycott to take place during the March 2 game between Manchester United and Liverpool, to draw attention to accessibility problems at Millennium Stadium.

Wheelchair accessible seating for about 300 fans at Millennium Stadium are situated directly behind regular seating, giving those fans a good view of the action until the fans in front of them stand up. And while there are "Do Not Stand Up" signs fixed to those seats, spectators tend to stand up during exciting periods anyway.

Football League officials agreed to review MUDSA's complaints and take a look at the accessibility problems before the next major event in early April. In the meantime, the league said they may consider adding more signs and stewards to enforce the no-standing rule.

"While our members would no doubt prefer to pay for their tickets and be assured of a decent view, at least the problem cannot be ignored in the future," said Phil Downs, secretary of MUDSA.

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