Get in touch: send your photos, videos, news & views by texting YORK to 80360 or send an email»
Football fan’s fury at York City's disabled facilities
A FOOTBALL fan criticised York City over disabled access at their Bootham Crescent ground.
Michael Szewtzyk, 60, of Lime Tree Gardens, in Selby, went to City’s home game against Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday, October 20, having recently come out of hospital after suffering an irregular heartbeat.
Mr Szewtzyk, who worked for Rigid Paper for 31 years before being made redundant in 2010, said his weeks in hospital had left him with very weak legs, meaning he has to walk with a stick.
He claims that the lack of disabled toilets in the ground’s Longhurst stand meant he missed all five of the goals in the game, whose final scoreline was 3-2 York.
The club has said that had Mr Szewtzyk told a member of staff he would have been put in the disabled seating which has access to disabled toilets.
Mr Szewtzyk said: “If there are disabled facilities at the ground they were not obvious to me. It was taking me about 15 minutes to get to and from the toilet from where I was in the Longhurst stand as I can’t walk anywhere fast.
“I used to go to the football pretty regularly when I was fit and I just fancied going on Saturday for a change, but I don’t think I’ll be going again any time soon, because I didn’t enjoy it at all,” he said.
City director Sophie Hicks said: “We are sorry to hear that Mr Szewtzyk did not enjoy his time in the David Longhurst stand. We do have a specific area for fans with disabilities with easy access and disabled toilet facilities. However, I do think this incident highlights the shortcomings of facilities of our current 1932 stadium and our requirement for a new community stadium with modern facilities for all elements of our fan base.”