THE EFL have apologised to a Hull City fan who was told to “stop texting” during this weekend’s win over Reading.
Tigers supporter Daniel Mawer revealed he was aggressively ordered to put his phone away – due to new rules preventing texting at grounds.
Mawer tweeted his account of the incident, writing: “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.”
He then continued in an 18-post thread, explaining the entire bonkers situation, where he admitted he “felt on edge for the rest of the game” after the ticking off.
Now the EFL have replied, apologising for the “random spot check”.
An spokesperson said: “The Comsec scout spotting programme is managed by Football Data Co in collaboration with the league and its clubs.
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“Access is provided at matches for Comsec representatives to operate and identify potential infringements.
“On initial review of this particular incident all procedures and protocols were followed.
“But clearly there is still some work to be done to ensure these checks are conducted appropriately and sensitively.
“It’s never the intention to offend and for that Football Data Co and the League offer its apologies to the supporter affected by this random spot check.”
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The thread quickly went viral, racking up close to 1,000 retweets and around 3,000 likes.
Even Gary Lineker got in on the act, replying: “This is nuts.”
The Football Supporters’ Association were just another group to throw their support behind Mawer, saying: “The way this has been managed doesn’t seem especially professional.”