Norwich City fans told not to film or take photographs during games

Jack Reeve. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Jack Reeve. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Fans have today been told they are not allowed to take any photographs or video from inside Carrow Road during Norwich City games.

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It comes as Jack Reeve, who runs the Talk Norwich City YouTube channel, was this month ordered to remove all video shot from inside the stadium.

The 19-year-old was told that taking 'in-stadia footage' without a licence is forbidden, despite him not filming the actual game.

It has led to questions about what the public can and cannot do with photographic and filming equipment from the terraces.

But Norwich City has confirmed that anyone using a device to take images will be asked to stop by stewards.

Josh Murphy of Norwich and Luke Chambers of Ipswich Town in action at Carrow Road, Norwich (
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Josh Murphy of Norwich and Luke Chambers of Ipswich Town in action at Carrow Road, Norwich ( Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd) - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd


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'If a steward notices someone filming or taking photographs they will be asked to desist until half-time or full-time,' a spokesman said.

'Media companies pay top dollar for a degree of exclusivity. If that exclusivity is eroded, it could lead to a situation where they are not willing to pay so much money [for broadcasting rights], and that could have implications for every club.'

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The spokesman recognised there was a difference between a fan taking a 'selfie' and someone filming the match for commercial gain.

But he added that stewards are told to err on the side of caution and are advised to ask people taking pictures to stop.

The comments come after Mr Reeve received an email this month from the company NetResult, on behalf of The English Football League (EFL), over the videos on his Youtube channel.

It stated that as the footage was used for commercial purposes and shot inside the stadium, it would have to be removed.

The email said: 'While The EFL appreciates its fans digital contributions and actively encourages interaction via digital media, you may be aware that it is forbidden to film in-stadia at an EFL match without a prior agreement and/or licence.'

Mr Reeve, whose YouTube channel receives around 200,000 views per month, said his videos were of personal and fan reaction to the game, and do not show any match footage despite being filmed in the stadium.

'It is a ridiculous rule that I can't get my head around,' he said on a video posted to Twitter. 'I am absolutely devastated.'

The EFL said phones are permitted in stadiums, but only for personal and private use. A spokesman added it would be up to clubs on how to enforce the rule.

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