Blind and visually impaired fans have helped Croatian football club Dinamo Zagreb write history in the 4th round of the UEFA Europa League.
Dinamo Zagreb beat Slovakian club Spartak Trnava 3-1 on Thursday night to qualify for the knockout phase in European competition the first time in 49 years in front of close to 20,000 fans at Maksimir stadium in Zagreb.
Among those in the crowd were fans from the Blind Association in Zagreb, who have been working on a project with the club and the city to provide descriptive audio commentary of the game.
The blind and visually impaired fans were able to enjoy the live atmosphere of the game whilst being informed in detail as to what was happening on and off the pitch through headphones.
Audio descriptive commentary for blind and partially sighted fans during the UEFA Europa League 4th round game Dinamo – Spartak Trnava when we have placed to the UEL Round of 16 – after 49 years! ⚽️🎧👏😊 #DZG #UEL #totalaccess #equalgame @cafefootball @UEFA pic.twitter.com/zaQ0CLRLwr
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“Commentators Igor Gabor and Sandro Ruotolo described for them all what was happening on the field in detail as well as atmosphere from the crowd, the goals and celebrations of the important victory,” the club said.
“GNK Dinamo would like once more to thank guests, all blind and visually impaired fans, those involved in the project and the commentators who added value to this project. We invite other football and sports club to organise descriptive audio commentary for their fans so that we can all work more intensively on the integration of people with disabilities into football and society in general,” the club concluded.
— GNK Dinamo (@gnkdinamo) November 9, 2018
Blind and visually impaired fans will again have a chance next Thursday to enjoy a descriptive audio commentary when Croatia plays Spain in the UEFA Nations League at Maksimir stadium.