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Manchester United bans tablets and laptops at home games

By Kev Hedges     Aug 16, 2014 in Technology
Manchester - Manchester United has told its fans they cannot bring tablets or laptops to football matches at its stadium. The ban does not include smartphones but does include iPad Mini and other small tablets.
The club said it was reacting to intelligence and the ban was in line with electronic devices being taken into airports. If you take any device into a UK airport you are expected to have it powered up for security reasons. However, to check every single table or iPad Mini that passes through the gates of Old Trafford, to see if they are powered up, would be "impractical" said the club.
Manchester United open up the Premiership campaign on Saturday with a home tie against Welsh club Swansea City. Greater Manchester Police has said it is not involved in the ban or its implementation in any way.
If you are thinking of attending any Old Trafford matches this season you will have to make sure your smartphone does not exceed the dimensions are smaller than 15 cm by 10 cm (5.9 in by 3.9 in). A spokesman for the club said:
The regulations at each stadium are a matter for the relevant stadium management authorities, however, the scale of Old Trafford and profile of Manchester United mean that the risk at this venue is unique
In the past few seasons there has been a great deal of criticism from fans directed towards the heavy handed rules imposed by stewards and ground staff response teams. Many have been ejected from the ground for standing up too often and last season one fan was told the leave the stadium after he had criticized the then-manager David Moyes too loudly.
Manchester United lost its first game of the season against Swansea 2-1. A full report can be found here.
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