Rules on cameras at matches are understandable

Fans at Carrow Road have been told not to take pictures or film live action during football games at

Fans at Carrow Road have been told not to take pictures or film live action during football games at Carrow Road. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd +44 7902 242054 08/11/2016 - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

There has been much talk about the use of video technology in football in the last few years - but now the spotlight has moved from the pitch to the stands.

While cameras are now being used to check if the ball has crossed the goal-line, fans are being told to put their phones and cameras away during the game.

It may sound overly authoritarian to some, but the rules are understandable to an extent.

Almost everyone who enjoys entertainment such as cinema or theatre accepts that filming the performance is not allowed - and football should be no different.

It is right that payment is made in exchange for broadcasting footage - given that the publisher may get financial gains for the content they provide.

But stewards must also show leniency when fans take souvenir pictures for their own scrapbooks.


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