MANCHESTER United has pledged to stop fans smuggling puzzles, games and books into Old Trafford to keep them occupied during matches.
The club has trained its security staff to spot a sudoku book being concealed inside a match programme and bags are being searched for novels.
Suspicions were raised during the team’s 0-0 draw with West Ham when a Marouane Fellaini near miss was greeted by absolute silence, except for a dispute taking place over a game of ‘Buckaroo!’ in the Stretford End.
A Manchester United spokesman said: “We will not tolerate fans being entertained.”
Season ticket holder Wayne Hayes said: “Since August I’ve read most of Dickens. It has been a literary feast, courtesy of Louis van Gaal.”
He added: “I’m taking my tax return to the Norwich game.”