manchester-united-logoManchester United have banned supporters from having iPads and other tablet devices at Old Trafford this season.

Fans were informed of the ban by email earlier this week.

Although many will see it as merely a way to clamp down on people recording rights-protected pitch action, there are some who welcome the move, calling it an ‘end to annoying selfies’ which could block other supporters’ views.

The email sent out ahead of Louis van Gaal’s first match at Old Trafford as Manchester United manager against Valencia on Tuesday evening, said: ‘We want to make you aware of an update to our club policy regarding home matches. 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.”

They are not the first club to get heavy-handed over technology – In 2010, the New York Yankees banned iPads from their stadium but they reversed the decision two years later.

* Welcome end to annoying behaviour or commercial interests coming first? Have your say below.