Manchester United have taken the extraordinary step of banning fans from attending matches at Old Trafford if they have their iPads and tablet devices.
The aggressive stance on limiting electronic devices from the stadium comes ahead of Louis van Gaal's first match at Old Trafford as Manchester United manager against Valencia on Tuesday evening.
Supporters who are due to attend the match have received an email from the club informing them of the major new update on safety procedures and what is now not allowed.
“We want to make you aware of an update to our club policy regarding home matches,” it read.
“Supporters cannot bring large electronic devices (bigger than 150mmx100mm) inside the stadium.
“For example, iPads or other tablet devices and laptops are now prohibited,” it explained.
“Also please be aware that large bags, large cameras and liquids (with the exception of a small bottle of water with the top removed) are included in our list of prohibited items.
“Thank you for your co-operation on this matter."
The reaction from fans on social media has been mixed, with some welcoming the decision on the grounds of enjoying the game without other distractions, while others believe it to be just another cynical ploy.
Manchester United to ban iPads and other tablets from Old Trafford? Finally a cynical money-motivated clamp down on fans I can get behind.
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) August 11, 2014
— John Eades (@TiptonEado) August 11, 2014
It is not the first time that such a ban has been introduced, but it did not last when the New York Yankees banned iPads from their stadium in 2010. The American team later reversed the decision.
It is believed that the ban has been brought in amid fears that fans may record large sections of the match with their electronic devices, encouraging illegal uploading and streaming.
What you are not allowed to bring in to Old Trafford:
Alcohol, canned drinks, dark plastic bottles, drink cartons, drinking glasses, glass bottles, flasks, water in excess of 500ml, baby buggies or prams, camcorders, darts, fireworks, flares, knives, weapons, large bags or suitcases, umbrellas, flags or banners greater than 2m x 1m or of an offensive nature, poles or sticks, radios, smoke or gas canisters, telescopic or long lens cameras, tools.
- Sports & Recreation
- Manchester United
- Old Trafford
- electronic devices