Manchester United ban iPads and tablet devices from Old Trafford

Fears have arisen that fans are recording long periods of matches while some are also having their view blocked

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Manchester United have issued a ban on supporters bringing iPads and tablet devices into Old Trafford after fears grew that some are recording large portions of their matches.

There have also been concerns that fans are having their view blocked by those in front using them to take pictures of the action, with the club sending out an email to break the news to supporters.

Louis van Gaal will take charge of his first competitive game as United manager when they entertain Swansea at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday afternoon, with the club set to complete their pre-season program this evening with a match at home against Valencia.

Yet fans due to attend the game today received an email that contained the “update” that banned any electronic devices of a similar size to the iPad.


“We want to make you aware of an update to our club policy regarding home matches,” read the email. “Supporters cannot bring large electronic devices (bigger than 150mmx100mm) inside the stadium.

“For example, iPads or other tablet devices and laptops are now prohibited. 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.”

While the issue has not been a problem in the Premier League before, Major League Baseball franchise the New York Yankees have taken such measures after outlawing similar devices in 2010, only to reverse their decision in 2012.