Level Playing Field has recently been made aware of the recent enforced measures being imposed by Wembley stadium for the upcoming Carabao Cup Final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
In the guidance issued, all fans are required to wear face coverings, and those who are exempt are required to provide evidence from a ‘ GP or suitable medical practitioner’.
Level Playing Field believes this is discriminatory and against government guidance which states, “you do not need to seek advice or request a letter from a medical professional about your reason for not wearing a face covering.”
Individuals who are exempt from wearing face coverings are not required by law to carry an exemption card or badge. This is deemed to be a personal choice.
There are several discriminatory issues with these measures:
- Evidence letters from GPs and alike are often at a cost to the individual.
- Securing an evidence letter takes time to process and puts at risk the ability to attend if a fan doesn’t receive the evidence in time.
- The additional strain that this measure puts on medical surgeries and practices is entirely unnecessary, inconsiderate and reckless.
Level Playing Field is disappointed that, yet again, disabled fans and clinically extremely vulnerable fans are not having a fair and equal experience during these Event Research Programme events despite clear guidance which has been in place throughout this pandemic.
We strongly urge Wembley to abide by the government guidance that is already in place, which does not unnecessarily discriminate against disabled fans.
Click HERE for Carabao Cup final (Wembley Stadium) guidance.
Click HERE for up-to-date government guidance on face coverings.