Southampton won’t change visually impaired prices Saints Disabled Supporters’ Association told

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SAINTS have told their disabled supporters’ association they will not compromise over the price of tickets for visually impaired fans.

As previously reported in the Echo, the club have taken the decision to no longer offer free entry to supporters who suffer from serious sight problems.

Instead, they will be charged the normal price for disabled fans in their age category. For an adult renewing a season ticket, that means a cost of £495.

In response to this, the association wrote to the club earlier this month, putting forward a number of “compromise proposals”.

However, in a letter back to them, Saints have said they will not be able to change their policy at this stage.

A statement from the Saints Disabled Supporters’ Association said: “The SDSA formally suggested an alternative that, it was hoped, would not be such a massive step change for existing visually impaired fans.

“However, as a result of our representations to the club, the SDSA has been informed that the decision is apparently irrevocable and the club has decided that it will not alter its original stance on the issue as they “... prepare for the new challenges that Premier League football brings.”

“The SDSA are, naturally, very disappointed at both the lack of initial consultation on the issue and with the apparent scant consideration given to its suggested compromise proposals.

“It is the SDSA’s fervent hope that in the future, the club will consult with us much earlier regarding any proposed changes to pricing structures or facilities available for disabled fans from any impairment group.”

The statement ended: “The SDSA will continue to represent disabled Southampton fans and, despite its disappointment, looks forward to continuing to work with Southampton Football Club on this and many other issues in the years to come.”

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12:45pm Thu 28 Jun 12

St Retford says...

Why should we do a u-turn on this? We're Southampton Football Club, not the Tory party.
Why should we do a u-turn on this? We're Southampton Football Club, not the Tory party. St Retford

12:56pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Darkangelv2 says...

If i recall the previous article on this, the current club stance is that the visually impaired fans pay the lowest price and their carer/guide gets in free.

If so, a fair compromise would be the visually impaired fan gets in free and the guide pays full whack?

Sounds fair to me :)
If i recall the previous article on this, the current club stance is that the visually impaired fans pay the lowest price and their carer/guide gets in free. If so, a fair compromise would be the visually impaired fan gets in free and the guide pays full whack? Sounds fair to me :) Darkangelv2

1:03pm Thu 28 Jun 12

RedArmy1 says...

I genuinely feel sorry for the SDSA who have no teeth and very little voice to speak on Disabled Fans behalf.

Dark angel posts about a compromise solution which sounds a better deal - but I don't feel there will be any movement from the Club.

COYR.
I genuinely feel sorry for the SDSA who have no teeth and very little voice to speak on Disabled Fans behalf. Dark angel posts about a compromise solution which sounds a better deal - but I don't feel there will be any movement from the Club. COYR. RedArmy1

1:09pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Darkangelv2 says...

My compromise solution was tongue in cheek RedArmy as it simply mirrored the deal they are getting.

I understand that the shift from previous seasons is big - but the deal itself is very good.

Effectively 2 fans get a half price ticket. Or 'Buy one get one Free' if you like.

You can't say fairer in the scheme of things.
My compromise solution was tongue in cheek RedArmy as it simply mirrored the deal they are getting. I understand that the shift from previous seasons is big - but the deal itself is very good. Effectively 2 fans get a half price ticket. Or 'Buy one get one Free' if you like. You can't say fairer in the scheme of things. Darkangelv2

1:14pm Thu 28 Jun 12

circa 66 saint says...

2 fans 1 paying ticket.
if the visually impaired fan has free admission then there is nothing stopping them coming in alone and in the event of an emergency could be in, or be a danger.
if they are entitled to bring a carer free then the poss hazard to them and others is reduced.
this seems fair to me and ensures the only "blind people in the stadium unacompanied will be the match officials
2 fans 1 paying ticket. if the visually impaired fan has free admission then there is nothing stopping them coming in alone and in the event of an emergency could be in, or be a danger. if they are entitled to bring a carer free then the poss hazard to them and others is reduced. this seems fair to me and ensures the only "blind people in the stadium unacompanied will be the match officials circa 66 saint

1:32pm Thu 28 Jun 12

lowe esteem says...

St Retford wrote:
Why should we do a u-turn on this? We're Southampton Football Club, not the Tory party.
Southampton Football Club do have a product to sell, they are allowed to make u-turns, whereas the Tory Party have made it a byword for trust?
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Why should we do a u-turn on this? We're Southampton Football Club, not the Tory party.[/p][/quote]Southampton Football Club do have a product to sell, they are allowed to make u-turns, whereas the Tory Party have made it a byword for trust? lowe esteem

2:37pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Paul Lucas says...

RedArmy1 wrote:
I genuinely feel sorry for the SDSA who have no teeth and very little voice to speak on Disabled Fans behalf.

Dark angel posts about a compromise solution which sounds a better deal - but I don't feel there will be any movement from the Club.

COYR.
This. Someone who seems to have some empathy with people who are worse off than themselves - unlike the other respondents and SFC of course!

There go I but for the grace of god!
[quote][p][bold]RedArmy1[/bold] wrote: I genuinely feel sorry for the SDSA who have no teeth and very little voice to speak on Disabled Fans behalf. Dark angel posts about a compromise solution which sounds a better deal - but I don't feel there will be any movement from the Club. COYR.[/p][/quote]This. Someone who seems to have some empathy with people who are worse off than themselves - unlike the other respondents and SFC of course! There go I but for the grace of god! Paul Lucas

5:24pm Thu 28 Jun 12

cpnhadock says...

To be honest, I actually think that considering the wealth that the premiership brings combined with the excessive pay and lifestyle of its players - a quota of blind fans (maybe 50 + carer) are allocated a pool of 50 + 50 carer tickets.... I have no direct relation with the blind but I can only assume that it is a hell of a lot harder than life with sight. As a club we CAN do it, as a club we SHOULD do it.... We are a family club with incredible supporters, the best chairman, the best youth set up...... and one Richard Lambert. We are morally higher than those clubs that rob from charity boxes not contribute!!.. Lets prove it and have a fan fair level of support for those with greater challenges in life than ourselves.

Anyway... on another note - I cannot wait to see what Saint Nicolas brings us for Christmas this summer!!! I think he may bring one centre back, one goal keeper, one full back, 2 midfielders and a striker + partridge in a pear tree.

Coyr!
To be honest, I actually think that considering the wealth that the premiership brings combined with the excessive pay and lifestyle of its players - a quota of blind fans (maybe 50 + carer) are allocated a pool of 50 + 50 carer tickets.... I have no direct relation with the blind but I can only assume that it is a hell of a lot harder than life with sight. As a club we CAN do it, as a club we SHOULD do it.... We are a family club with incredible supporters, the best chairman, the best youth set up...... and one Richard Lambert. We are morally higher than those clubs that rob from charity boxes not contribute!!.. Lets prove it and have a fan fair level of support for those with greater challenges in life than ourselves. Anyway... on another note - I cannot wait to see what Saint Nicolas brings us for Christmas this summer!!! I think he may bring one centre back, one goal keeper, one full back, 2 midfielders and a striker + partridge in a pear tree. Coyr! cpnhadock

6:31pm Thu 28 Jun 12

saintsfc says...

Did'nt see that one coming...

Ooops
Did'nt see that one coming... Ooops saintsfc

7:10pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Strasbourg Saint says...

St Retford wrote:
Why should we do a u-turn on this? We're Southampton Football Club, not the Tory party.
Just as well, otherwise I'd have to remove my support.

Mind you, should that unthinkable situation occur whereby SFC suddenly became (literally) the Tories, we'd have to find some new songs:

'David Cameron, the Tory party's goal machine' and
'He shoots from the left, he shoots from the right, Nick (each-way) Cleggie makes Harman look sh!te'.

Naa! I'd rather not think about it.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Why should we do a u-turn on this? We're Southampton Football Club, not the Tory party.[/p][/quote]Just as well, otherwise I'd have to remove my support. Mind you, should that unthinkable situation occur whereby SFC suddenly became (literally) the Tories, we'd have to find some new songs: 'David Cameron, the Tory party's goal machine' and 'He shoots from the left, he shoots from the right, Nick (each-way) Cleggie makes Harman look sh!te'. Naa! I'd rather not think about it. Strasbourg Saint

9:55pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Jesus_02 says...

Like the reclassification of peoples seats.. its probably not that its happened. Its just how it's happened. Once again the club have delivered changes VERY late. It IS disappointing.

TBH I didn't even know that blind people previously got two free tickets for every match previously. They have lost something special and are understandably disappointed
Like the reclassification of peoples seats.. its probably not that its happened. Its just how it's happened. Once again the club have delivered changes VERY late. It IS disappointing. TBH I didn't even know that blind people previously got two free tickets for every match previously. They have lost something special and are understandably disappointed Jesus_02

10:26am Fri 29 Jun 12

moler86 says...

If I get blind drunk every week can I watch it for free?.....
If I get blind drunk every week can I watch it for free?..... moler86

10:29pm Sat 30 Jun 12

lowe esteem says...

moler86 wrote:
If I get blind drunk every week can I watch it for free?.....
Fool
[quote][p][bold]moler86[/bold] wrote: If I get blind drunk every week can I watch it for free?.....[/p][/quote]Fool lowe esteem

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