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Fans at Euro 2024 could have their mobile phones taken off them

Fans at Euro 2024 will have to be sneaky if they want to capture any live footage from the host stadiums throughout the tournament, according to a new report published by iNews.

The publication has sources at UEFA who have stated that fans could have their phones taken off them and their videos deleted if they are caught filming during matches.

UEFA are reportedly taking extreme action to prevent any piracy throughout the tournament, with broadcasters across Europe keen to ensure that the millions they spent to obtain rights to show Euro 2024 was money well spent.

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Fans at Euro 2024 will have to be careful with their mobile phones – Photo by Icon Sport

According to the report, stewards will be able to act if they believe footage filmed by fans is being shared online and/or streamed. However, they will be unable to do anything if fans are simply capturing footage for personal use and memories.

Rules put in place across all ten Euro 2024 host stadiums prohibit fans from posting images, videos and audio from matches on to the internet on any other kind of media.

Fans at Euro 2024 won't be allowed selfie sticks

To help prevent piracy throughout Euro 2024, UEFA has included selfie sticks on the list of prohibited items. These sticks have become popular with streamers and YouTubers in recent years, and the ban on them will certainly make life harder for people looking to ‘vlog' matches at the tournament.

Any fans who manage to evade the attention of stewards could still face the wrath of UEFA afterward. If officials get wind of any footage shared online, legal action will be taken against anyone who doesn't take the footage down immediately.

Other prohibited items for Euro 2024 include balloons and umbrellas, so let's hope for a dry tournament in Germany!