A football fan has detailed his experience on Saturday afternoon during Hull City's 2-1 win over Reading, where he was threatened with being thrown out of the ground for texting during the match.
Hull fan Daniel Mawer took to Twitter to explain in a thread how someone in plain clothing came up to him to warn him not to text.
According to the 'skint northerner' he was warned he could be thrown out of the ground because his texts might be informing gamblers of insider information of what was going on, utterly bizarre.
Today, at half time I was told by an 'under cover security guard' that if I continued to text about the football match at the KCOM stadium I'd be ejected from the ground.- Daniel Mawer (@skintnortherner) August 10, 2019
A confused thread...#hcafc #readingfc
He then explained he'd been watching me text throughout the first half, he asked what I'd been texting (in a not so friendly manner)- Daniel Mawer (@skintnortherner) August 10, 2019
my Dad explained we text friends the score. The man said if we continued to do so we'd be ejected from the ground.- Daniel Mawer (@skintnortherner) August 10, 2019
When we asked why, he said there's trouble with people notifying betting companies/or gamblers of events at a match so they could cash out/make a bet void.
I couldn't get my head around it. I explained Hull City tweet details of the match faster than I ever could due to having stadium WiFi, along with @PJBuckingham and @bbcburnsy both tweeting details faster than I ever could (unless the security guard thinks I'm psychic)- Daniel Mawer (@skintnortherner) August 10, 2019
I asked 'what if I text a minute after an event has happened, or even 15 mins?' Mr security man said we shouldn't be texting about the match at all. And that this has been stated upon entering the ground (not true) and that these texts can't include time of goals or goal scorers pic.twitter.com/QdtvT9euXr- Daniel Mawer (@skintnortherner) August 10, 2019
I explained I'd text score updates and opinions for years to which he replied it was a new thing starting this year, and as it's the first match of the new season he didn't want to kick me out having not known these new 'rules'...- Daniel Mawer (@skintnortherner) August 10, 2019
I didn't text throughout the second half, my phone vibrated with updates and I didn't have the nerve to look cos I'm a geek and a stickler for the rules- Daniel Mawer (@skintnortherner) August 10, 2019
I felt a bit on edge for the rest of the game and subsequently didn't text anyone
If anyone has any clarity on this that'd be great as I'd like to let my friends know thoughts and opinions on the game as it happens, but don't want to feel like I'm going to get kicked out of watching Hull City every time I do so!- Daniel Mawer (@skintnortherner) August 10, 2019
It seems crazy to think that people inside the ground could in anyway help to influence the way someone gambles on a match, anymore than the information available from journalists and the clubs' own social media output.
Has anyone else experienced anything as ridiculous?