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August 18, 2014

Football fans protest stadium’s Wi-Fi installation

PSV Eindhoven fans unfurled banner during weekend’s opening match.

By Vinod

If you thought the wider introduction of faster public Wi-Fi connections was a universally popular idea, then it may be time to think again.

Fans of Dutch Eredivision club PSV Eindhoven protested during the team’s 6-1 victory over NAC Breda, the opening game of the Dutch football season, following the introduction of Wi-Fi in the Philips Stadion.

Supporters in the T and U sections of the ground, typically home to some of the club’s most passionate fans, unveiled banners during the game opposing the introduction, with one reading "F*** Wi-Fi, support the team".

Others included designs of crosses running through the Wi-Fi signal, with fans believing that support for the team has been lessened in recent seasons as distracted fans spend more time looking at their phones instead of the match.

The club has so far not commented on the protest.

Last week, Manchester United announced it was banning fans from bringing laptops and iPads into its Old Trafford ground, the UK’s largest football venue, primarily on "security advice" aiming to bring the stadium up to standards seen at most modern airports.

"The scale of Old Trafford and profile of Manchester United mean that the risk at this venue is unique," a Q+A on the club’s website read.

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"These actions are designed to ensure the continued safety and security of all spectators."

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