Belfast Telegraph

Southampton to wear shirts supporting disability charity Scope against Man Utd

Southampton have announced they will sport charity-branded shirts for their Premier League clash with Manchester United next Wednesday.

The game against Jose Mourinho's side will see Saints wear home shirts with 'Scope' emblazoned on them as their main sponsor, Virgin Media, looks to support the disability charity.

The telecommunications company also commissioned a survey alongside Scope which found that eight out of 10 disabled fans have experienced discrimination at a football stadium.

In the survey, conducted by Opinium, the 1,003 respondents were also asked if they had stopped attending matches as a result of discrimination - with 62 per cent confirming they had.

As well as the shirt sponsorship, Paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead will also be involved in a half-time event aimed at raising money for Scope.

Whitehead, who won gold in the 200m T42 event at London 2012 and in Rio last year, will help five Saints fans who will all take a penalty during the interval, with Virgin Media donating £5,000 to Scope for every goal scored.

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