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Jonnie Peacock: football needs to up its game over disabled fans

Paralympics star says disabled fans ‘want to enjoy games like anyone else. They don’t want anything else, whether it’s struggling to find a toilet or discrimination’

In 2012 it was not only the athletes who broke records at the Paralympic Games, though new world marks were set 251 times. In total 2.7m tickets were sold, with athletes cheered on by capacity crowds throughout the 11 days of competition and 40 million people watched Channel 4’s 500 hours of dedicated coverage.

It was an event that suggested a huge shift in the perception in Britain of sport for disabled people but as London prepares to host the World ParaAthletics Championships in July a survey has suggested the experience of disabled spectators in sporting arenas remains a long way from gold-medal standard.

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