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    Brite Spark wrote:
    What's the point in going to the match if they can't see what's going on? They may as well stay at home and listen to the radio commentary. Always complaining these people ....
    Always nice to read a comment from someone full of understanding for those less fortunate than themself.

    Yes, let them stay at home and listen to the radio. That frees up seats for those who can see the game.

    Why should they enjoy the atmosphere of being at St Marys when they can hear it on Radio Solent.

    To Hell with Southampton FC being known as a Family Club, when we all know that it is in the business of raking in as much cash as they can.

    They are not a charity, so why should they give a reduced rate for those who are less fortunate. Let's face it, when the club were going through a tough time, Saints were pleased enough to accept their 'reduced rate' admission, because every penny helped, but now that cash is not a problem - sodem.

    Cortese should hang his head in shame.

    How much extra would the club gain by increasing their admission?

    What next? Are those in wheelchairs going to be asked to pay top price?

    Discount for the elderly?

    Will that be the next to go?

    Southampton FC does not have to do something, just because other clubs do it.

    Time for a U-turn Mr Cortese."
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Criticism for Saints over tickets for visually impaired fans

St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton

St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton

First published in Saints News

SAINTS have been criticised for their decision to start charging visually impaired supporters for tickets.

The club have confirmed that they will no longer be allowing free entry to fans with serious sight problems.

Instead, Saints will charge them the lowest possible price in each age category, which they say brings them in line with the policy of most other Premier League clubs. They will continue to allow free access to visually impaired supporters’ enablers.

John Cunningham, a voluntary worker with the charity Open Sight, believes there should be a rethink.

“The lowest price in each category doesn’t really count as a concession,” he said.

“That’s moving the community club we know and love into an arena that’s becoming less and less community minded, to the detriment of people who have supported it for years, and that includes visually impaired people.

“I think it’s very detrimental and it doesn’t look good on the club.

“I’m not saying they should necessarily give free tickets, although it would be a nice gesture from clubs in the Big Society age.”

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