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Every seat monitored

3 August 2018

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Every seat inside Bramall Lane will be continually monitored after the Blades invested £200,000 in a new camera system, designed to eradicate criminal disorder and anti-social behaviour.

United's board of directors have been forced to issue a strong and stark message to supporters who misbehave after racking up 55 court bans and 85 stadium bans last season. The substantial investment will make the club's renowned stadium an even more welcoming and safer venue.

United have invested heavily in a new state-of-the-art patented Panomera system, offered by German video technology experts, Dallmeier. Everton, Glasgow Rangers, Middlesbrough and a number of German clubs, including Bayern Munich, have similar systems.

The installation is complete and includes 14 cameras, which monitors and records every single seat of Bramall Lane's 32,000+ stadium. United's investment has been welcomed by South Yorkshire Police and the Safety Advisory Group.

Jurgen Morton-Hall, United's safety officer, commented: "Disorder and anti-social behaviour involving troublemakers associated with Sheffield United is an issue we are working fastidiously to eradicate and this is the evidence of the lengths we are prepared to go to.

"We simply will not tolerate the unsportsmanlike and illegal conduct of a few to spoil things for the large majority who simply watch and enjoy a football game at Bramall Lane.

"This new Panomera system has been brought in because of anti-social and criminal behaviour at Bramall Lane in recent seasons and will enable us to provide clear evidence to bring offenders to justice, whether that be club bans or reports to the police. We have clear examples of people being highlighted with regards to missile throwing, flares and pitch encroachments, amongst other offences, and if this happens at Bramall Lane we will identify perpetrators and deal with them accordingly."

The cameras will be in operation from Saturday's SkyBet Championship opener against Swansea City and at every Bramall Lane fixture thereafter.


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