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EPL Clubs Face Legal Threat After Not Meeting Minimum Standards For Disabled Fans

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 09 / 20 / 17

Chelsea and ManU are "facing the threat of legal action" after leading clubs were told they should "hang their heads in shame" at breaking a collective promise to meet minimum standards for disabled fans, according to Jeremy Wilson of the London TE...

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