Forced to stand at Hampden
No view for disabled fans
A disabled Scotland fan from Cambuslang was forced to stand to watch the national side’s game with Germany at Hampden last week.
Scott Laidlaw, who uses a wheelchair, was left stunned when he arrived at the national stadium to find his view of the pitch almost completely blocked by advertising boards.
He and fellow disabled fans could see only the players’ heads, and nothing of the pitch during Scotland’s 3- 2 defeat to the world champions.
Twenty- three- year- old Scott, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was able to come out his chair for the duration of the match, but he admits it ruined his enjoyment of the game.
He said: “Basically, when we arrived at the game, we found our seats and realised we couldn’t see the game.
“I’ve been before to Scotland games and this is the first time it has ever happened.
“I mentioned it to a steward who went to his supervisor and it turned out it was not just me complaining, there were quite a few of us.
“I actually had to come out my chair. I am able to do that, but I’d rather it was through my own choice than being forced into it.
“Even when I was out the chair, it was just a wee bit better, but not much.
“It affected my enjoyment of the game in the sense I’d much rather have been sitting than standing.”
Scott, who stays in Eastfield, works for the Boys’ Brigade and also volunteers at Camglen Radio. He was selected to carry the Queen’s Baton in the run up to last year’s Commonwealth Games.
The Germany game was his third of the qualifying campaign, with him paying £15 for a ticket.
He insists the experience won’t put him off going to watch his country but he warned the SFA they must sort out the issues before the next game against Poland.
“I have put in for the Poland game for the same seats and I am hoping that they have listened to the fans.
“It will not stop me, I have already bought my tickets even before this happened and I’ll be going back.”
A spokesperson for the SFA said: “The Scottish FA apologises unreservedly to those support e r s accommodated in the South Stand accessible areas whose view was seriously restricted by the double television production.
“We will offer a full refund to those supporters affected and will review matters ahead of the European Qualifier against Poland next month.”
Disappointed Scott Laidlaw arrived at Hampden to find his view severely restricted
View The view from Scott’s seat last Monday