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    EasyForYouToSee wrote:
    mrblunt wrote:
    What a lot of to do about nothing. Sains are a business not a charity and if they are to survive in the top flight, they need all the income they can pull in.
    Obviously someone who has no idea what its like to have serious visual difficulties or just does'nt care, what a narrow minded idiot! As for the club not being a charity EVERY football team or any sporting team in the world for that matter has to be seen to be a charitable organisation and looking after dedicated fans who just want to be there even if they struggle to see. Surely thats dedictaion and not just getting a free ride? My son is 9 and has a rare sight condition and we have been with the saints since league one when the team was struggling in the cold and wet, Where were the rest of you? less than 5,000 of us sat at the stadium watching a Paint Trophy match in the freezing cold i saw you all there though when we were on the brink of promotion.
    I understand your point and accept your arguments but unless the club rearranges its finances to stay in the top flight, you may be watching the Paint Trophy at the Stadium in the near future"
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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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