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Scunthorpe United “provide insufficiently” for wheelchair users, the BBC has found.

Non-compulsory guidelines on how clubs should cater for disabled fans have been in place since 2004 and a BBC Inside Out report found that several clubs, including the Iron, were under-performing.

The Accessible Stadia Guide, a set of government guidelines, states the minimum standard to which all newly-constructed grounds have to meet in the provision, location, and quality of facilities for disabled fans.

Clubs in existing grounds must make “reasonable adjustments” to make sure everyone can access their services.

Along with the Iron, other grounds with far fewer seats than the guidelines recommend include Sheffield United (91 fewer), Leeds United (57 fewer) and Bradford City (40 fewer).

The Football League said clubs were working hard to “deliver the match day experience that disabled supporters deserve”.

Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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