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20 Things That Are Actually Banned From Premier League Stadiums

Premier League football has gone through a number of changes ever since the league first made its debut back in 1992 and some of these changes have had an impact on the fanbase as well.

Stadiums have also changed over the past few decades to meet the criteria for advances in health and safety which means that there are a number of things that football clubs have banned in recent years because it is either unsafe or unacceptable in a football stadium.

Things have been banned from grounds for as long as football has been a sport, it appears that the football club doesn't realize that something needs to be banned until someone decides to turn up with it and it becomes a problem.

While the world is full of football fans, there are many who are unaware of the long list of items that are actually banned from Premier League stadiums up and down the United Kingdom as well as the country's national stadium, Wembley. Some of these items really go without saying and take a little bit of common sense to decide not to bring them to a football match, whilst others beg the question as to why fans need to be told not to bring them to a public event.

The following list looks at just 20 items that will be confiscated if they are brought to the Premier League in the 2018/19 season as well as some things that fans didn't know were actually banned inside the stadium.

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20 Selfie Sticks

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Selfie sticks were once a popular accessory for many football fans, this was until they began causing issues in football grounds when it came to celebrating goals or getting in the way.

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal led the way by announcing that selfie sticks were banned at both White Hart Lane and The Emirates Stadium back in 2015 and many other teams have since followed suit.

Arsenal stated that their reasoning was that "Their ground regulations prohibit any object that could be used as a weapon or could compromise public safety" but fans could still use them on Stadium tours if required.

19 Standing

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There was once a time when football fans would attend matches and watch their team play for 90 minutes while standing up, but after the Hillsborough tragedy, there were new health and safety regulations put into place which forced many football teams to upgrade their grounds to fully seated venues.

There are also rules in place at many Premier League clubs which prevent fans from standing up for long periods of time whilst the game is underway and some grounds have been known to eject offending fans from the stadium if they are seen doing it consistently and obstructing other fans' view.

18 Vuvuzelas

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The 2010 World Cup brought Vuvuzelas into the public eye and it wasn't long before they were banned from almost every stadium as part of the event since they were considered to be one of the most annoying objects that fans had ever attached themselves too.

It wasn't long before the Premier League decided to follow FIFA's lead and banned vuvuzelas from all football stadiums in England's highest league.

Tottenham Hotspur once again became the trendsetters when they were the first club in Britain to ban the plastic horns by stating that the instruments could potentially be used as weapons.

17 Sponsorship Material

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This could easily be linked to the fact that many Premier League games are streamed on national TV and clubs don't want fans taking this as an opportunity to promote themselves in front of a huge audience.

According to many rules and regulations that Premier League clubs have put into place, fans "may not bring into the ground any sponsorship, promotional or marketing materials without written approval from the clubs management team."

Of course, fans are able to apply for permission from the club ahead of the game or wear any kind of merchandise which promotes the team or their main sponsors.

16 Banners On Poles

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Football fans are probably used to seeing banners around Premier League grounds on a weekly basis, but according to ground regulations, banners are permitted as long as they aren't attached to a pole.

Poles can easily be used as weapons so if fans want to use poles then they have to be hollowed out and made of plastic before they can then ask permission to use them.

Security at the ground will also then have to roll out the banner before it is allowed in the ground to ensure that fans are not hiding objects inside it and that the working doesn't contain any offensive language.

15 Oversized Inflatable Fruit

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This one really should go without saying, but there was a time when there was a growing trend with football fans bringing inflatable bananas to their weekly matches. This shocking trend was started by Premier League Champions Manchester City, whose fans began waving inflatable bananas at their ground in honor of striker Imre Varadi, who was more commonly known as Imre Banana.

Other teams caught on and began selling inflatable objects to fans before it got out of hand and the Premier League were forced to ban the objects stating that they were obstructing other fans' view of the game.

14 Celery

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Not only is inflatable fruit banned from Premier League grounds, but apparently so are vegetables, or celery to be more precise.

It was a cult trend in the 1980s for Chelsea fans to bring celery to matches and throw it on the pitch.

When fans took this way too far and decided to throw pieces of the vegetable at Cesc Fabregas while he was playing for Arsenal, the club decided to step in.

Their 2007 Carling Cup tie had to be postponed so that groundsmen could clear the pitch before Chelsea then stated that anyone caught with the vegetable in future would be denied entry.

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13 Bottle Lids

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Bottle lids are one of the most common things that are taken away from fans going through the turnstiles and into football matches on a regular basis. Fans are not permitted to throw objects onto the pitch at any of the players, but even though some grounds allow fans to take bottles into their stadiums if they if they do decide to throw them then they will be unable to get the trajectory on the bottle if there isn't a lid on it.

Many stadiums now ban bottles and cans in order to ensure that fans are unable to throw any objects onto the pitch.

12 Flares

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Flares can not only be dangerous to the people around them given the amount of smoke that they release when they are let off, but they can also be seen as a huge distraction to the action on the pitch because of the loud noise that they make. Fans have sometimes taken the use of them too far, and it's pretty obvious why this is an object that would have to be banned from stadiums altogether. Whether they're thrown in a celebratory fashion or in anger, they can cause serious problems for those in attendance and on the field.

11 Umbrellas

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Not all football grounds have under roof seating, which means that when the rain starts mid-match fans are forced to sit and get wet because umbrellas are also on the banned objects list when it comes to stadiums in the Premier League.

As with many items on this list, the reasoning is quite simple' it appears that many stadiums believe that fans could use umbrellas as weapons given the design of many modern versions of the object.

This means that clubs would rather fans get soaked in the rain than use an umbrella in a fight and potentially injure someone.

10 Laser Equipment

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This entry relates to the fact that some fans have been known to attend football games in the past and shine laser pens in the eyes of footballers as a way of distracting them when they're trying to play football. While it's an effective tactic to ensure that your team wins, it's also something that has forced many Premier League teams, including West Ham to ban any laser equipment from their London ground in future.

Many other grounds have also followed West Ham's lead and fans are now searched for laser equipment before they are allowed into many Premier League venues.

9 Polo Mints

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Yes, that's right fans of football in the United Kingdom will not be allowed into their local Premier League Stadium with polo mints.

Clubs believe that they can be used as projectiles and actually aimed at footballers on the pitch.

Coins have been used as weapons in the past, but while clubs can't actually ban fans from bringing money, it appears that they have pulled out all the stops to ensure that there is nothing that fans can throw at the players on the pitch to distract them from the game or even injure them in the most severe cases.

8 Strollers

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Premier League grounds are not the only venues which prohibit fans from bringing children into the ground on strollers, since there are many sports stadiums all over the world who have banned the use of pushchairs since it appears that they can cause a number of delays in queues and there is no place for the prams to sit whilst fans are watching the game.

Parents should be prepared to carry their children into the ground and either sit them on their knee if they are young enough or buy them their own ticket so they have a seat.

7 Beach Balls

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Given the incident at the game between Sunderland and Liverpool a few years ago when a beach ball was thrown onto the pitch and later became involved in the winning goal, there's a good reason for Premier League football clubs to ban beach balls.

The objects have also been said to obstruct the view for many fans who are trying to watch the match as well as reports that injuries have been caused when fans have been attempting to leap to hit the balls.

In recent years beach balls have been banned from many sports venues and even live wrestling events.

6 Animals

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One of the most common stories told surrounding animals in football stadiums surrounds a match between Zenit St Petersburg and Spartak Moscow back in 2006 when a fan tried in vain to sneak in his pet pig.

Many Premier League stadiums in England and Wales have stated that animals are not allowed to come to football games with their owners either, with many stadiums reportedly only allowing guide dogs to enter the ground on a regular basis with all other animals banned. Guide dogs are reportedly only allowed in attendance if they are accompanied by their owner and no one else.

5 Suitcases/Bags

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All bags have to be searched by security before they are allowed into the grounds and many football grounds have now tried to push fans to not bring any baggage with them because the process of searching their personal belongings is a long one and sometimes if it isn't done in good time it can force fans to miss much of the match.

Suitcases and Bags are on the list of things that Stadiums try to discourage fans from bringing especially since there has been a huge step up in stadium security in regards to bags over the past few years.

4 Toilet Paper

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Aside from the toilets inside Premier League grounds, it's reported that back in the 1990s many fans latched on to the fact that Gary Lineker had admitted to relieving himself during a match as part of the World Cup in Italy in 1990.

Fans decided to bring toilet paper to the games to throw at Lineker, who coincidentally actually saw the funny side of the stunt.

This continued for a number of months before Tottenham Hotspur once again decided to be the trendsetters when they made it clear that all toilet paper was now banned from being brought into their stadium.

3 Newspapers

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This one is slightly interesting, but there is a story from back in 2013 that suggests that a 57-year-old man had his copy of the Worchester Times taken away from him by the stewards at the Britannia Stadium, who thought that the newspaper could be used as an offensive weapon if an issue arose whilst watching Stoke City in the Premier League.

Ground regulations state that stewards can take away any object that they feel could potentially be used as a weapon.

Since newspapers have been known to be rolled up and use, maybe there was a cause for concern?

2 Drinking In Sight Of The Pitch

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Obviously part of the experience fans crave in attending a sporting event is being able to enjoy certain refreshments while watching the action. However, perhaps due to some unruly behavior by certain fans, Premier League teams instituted a rule a while ago that forbids fans from drinking in sight of the pitch.

What makes this even more bizarre is that stadiums instituting these bans don't necessarily do so for other sporting events in those stadiums, for events such as rugby or cricket matches.

1 Laptops

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Only members of the media who are working at various football games are allowed to bring their laptops to the stadiums since there could be hidden explosives in their computer and many clubs would rather not risk this. Laptops could also be considered recording equipment, which is also banned at most Premier League Stadiums.

Phones are allowed and many fans often record goals and important moments in the game, but this is something that is prohibited in many grounds so if you're caught filming parts of the match on your mobile device then you could be banned from the stadium in future.

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