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Manchester United bans iPads and laptops from its stadium

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Tue Aug 12 2014, 16:45
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FOOTBALL TEAM Manchester United has banned its fans from using iPads and other tablets and devices of similar size at its home stadium.

The team, which has previously backed Apple gadgetry, is barring the technology for security reasons, according to a report at The Verge.

The report is an update on Manchester United's hospitality packages, where it says what is allowed and where.

The information under a Prohibited Items banner is public and said that the firm has been alerted to "the latest security advice" and that it listened to it.

The team said, "Ahead of the new season, we'd like to make you aware of some changes to the club policy regarding items you cannot bring in to the stadium on home matchdays. As a result of the latest security advice, large electronic devices including laptops and tablets will be added to the existing list of prohibited items for matchdays at Old Trafford.

"We apologise for any inconvenience that this might cause but we are committed to putting the safety and security of all supporters as our number one priority."

It is not clear what the "latest safety information" is, but there has been a general tightening regarding the use and transport of hardware, including restrictions on flying with laptops.

"In line with UK airports we are reacting to the latest security intelligence. These actions are designed to ensure the continued safety and security of all spectators," said Manchester United's information pages.

Mobile phones are okay, according to the guidance, but items with dimensions of 150x100mm and larger are banned.

The last time we considered Manchester United and Apple hardware it was in a more welcoming light. Then, in March 2009, goalkeeper Ben Foster told anyone who would listen that an iPod helped him save a penalty. This takes Man U versus technology to a one all draw. µ


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