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Euro 2020: Met chief denies policing of final failed as disabled fans tell of terror

Thousands thought to have illegally entered Wembley via disabled doors but Met stands by officers’ decisionsA London police chief has revealed that Sunday’s Euro 2020 final could have been abandoned after ticketless fans “overwhelmed” perimeter securit…

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‘Direct discrimination’: extremely vulnerable fans barred from Carabao Cup final

Tottenham disabled fans’ group asks for policy reviewMatch is part of government-led events research programmeThe decision to bar clinically extremely vulnerable supporters from the Carabao Cup final is “direct discrimination”, according to a Tottenham…

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‘Direct discrimination’: extremely vulnerable fans barred from Carabao Cup final

Tottenham disabled fans’ group asks for policy reviewMatch is part of government-led events research programmeThe decision to bar clinically extremely vulnerable supporters from the Carabao Cup final is “direct discrimination”, according to a Tottenham…

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‘Hawaii, Bristol, it’s just as fun’: world’s top adaptive surfers take to The Wave

English Adaptive Surfing Open is now in its fourth year and the sport’s leaders are targeting ParalympicsThe rain pelted down and the wind swept in but Bruno Hansen, one of the world’s leading adaptive surfers, didn’t mind a bit.After his training sess…

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Rising Phoenix: official trailer for Paralympics documentary – video

An exclusive first look at the Paralympics documentary Rising Phoenix, which will be launching on Netflix on 26 August. The film focuses on the history of the movement and the unbelievable stories of its athletes, featuring interviews with elite compet…

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I love cheering on my team live, but being a disabled football fan can be nightmare | Vicki Dennis

I’ve decided not to renew my Premier League season ticket – there are still far too many obstacles for people like me After the summer break, many football fans will be looking forward to the start of the new Premier League season. But for some disable…

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Tokyo 2020: U-turn as hotels agree to wheelchair rooms for Paralympics

Promise by Japan that rooms will stay accessible as Paralympics legacy follows Guardian revelation that hotels wanted payment for conversionsThe Japanese government has promised that all hotel rooms that are converted to make them accessible for wheelc…

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Disabled fans of Arsenal and Chelsea snub Azerbaijan’s Europa League final

• Cost and logistics of Baku trip putting off supporters• Access issues exacerbate problems for wheelchair usersDisabled supporters have turned their backs on the Europa League final, joining a wave of dissent over Uefa’s decision to hold the showpiece…

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Police evict Sydney FC fan after row over disabled toilet, leaving daughter ‘traumatised’

Football Federation Australia investigating after Rory Carroll and family escorted from stadium by police officersFootball Federation Australia is investigating after a fan was ejected from Sunday’s A-League semi-final at Sydney’s Jubilee Oval amid acc…

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How rugby league for players with learning difficulties may change lives | Aaron Bower

The Learning Disability Super League, to be launched in May, has been hailed as a ‘gamechanger’ for the sportOne of rugby league’s enduring qualities is that it remains at the heart of communities across its traditional base in the north of England. Ye…

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England amputees thank Premier League for World Cup funding after FA snub

• Sponsors step in to finance side at tournament• FA says it will reconsider lack of funding for elite levelThe head coach of England’s amputee football side has thanked sponsors and the Premier League for donations that will enable the team to travel …

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The Amputee World Cup – and other antidotes to the bloated Fifa-fest

Matches are free, friendship is infectious and the fan doesn’t feel like an exploited consumer – welcome to the alternative World Cups, where the true spirit of sport lives onYou may, just conceivably, have heard about a football tournament going on in…

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The Amputee World Cup – and other antidotes to the bloated Fifa-fest

Matches are free, friendship is infectious and the fan doesn’t feel like an exploited consumer – welcome to the alternative World Cups, where the true spirit of sport lives onYou may, just conceivably, have heard about a football tournament going on in…

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The Amputee World Cup – and other antidotes to the bloated Fifa-fest

Matches are free, friendship is infectious and the fan doesn’t feel like an exploited consumer – welcome to the alternative World Cups, where the true spirit of sport lives onYou may, just conceivably, have heard about a football tournament going on in…

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The Amputee World Cup – and other antidotes to the bloated Fifa-fest

Matches are free, friendship is infectious and the fan doesn’t feel like an exploited consumer – welcome to the alternative World Cups, where the true spirit of sport lives onYou may, just conceivably, have heard about a football tournament going on in…

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Sir Matt Busby airbrushed from Liverpool FC history? | Brief letters

Upskirting | Sir Matt Busby | Sign language | Vegetarianism | Thameslink | Clive JamesOnce the law is eventually passed to class upskirting as the criminal offence it clearly is (Upskirting bill is blocked by single Tory objection, 16 June), can the po…

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Sound and vision: how a blind photographer shot the Games

Australian Andrew Follows is blind in one eye and has tunnel vision in the other, but his sense of hearing – and his labrador Leo – helped him capture the spirit of the Commonwealth GamesWith Leo, his labrador, fast asleep on the pool deck, Andrew Foll…

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India’s blind cricketers are champions – but money is still a sticky wicket

Unlike India’s superstar players, blind cricketers manage with minimal support. Could World Cup success finally bring them the funding they deserve?They are brilliant exponents of India’s best-loved game, a sport that routinely produces millionaire sup…

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The Para-athletics rules work against me, but I’m in favour of them. Here’s why | Hannah Dines

The classification system for Paralympic athletes is always being refined, and is as scientific as it can be. It’s not fair to cast aspersions on individualsAll Hallows Eve is a fitting day to find skeletons in the Paralympic classification cupboard. T…

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Wheelchair access at Premier League grounds improved after campaigning

• Fourteen of 20 stadiums now comply with guidelines• Target met after legal action was threatened by fansFourteen of the 20 Premier League clubs have now built enough wheelchair spaces to meet official guidelines, having undertaken substantial develop…