Rugby supporters say they were prevented from taking open bottles of water into a Wakefield Trinity Wildcats game because they were told it posed a “terror threat.”
Huddersfield Giants fans claim they had their bags searched for bottled drinks on their way into Sunday’s game at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Dave Calverley, chairman of Huddersfield Giants Supporters’ Association, said stewards told fans to throw it away before entering the ground.
Mr Calverley said: “It was a totally embarrassing situation. A steward’s explanation was that due to a recent upgrade in the government dealing with terror threats we were not allowed bottled water or pop in sports stadia.
“He said it could have been an explosive even after people were drinking the water. It was ridiculous.”
Mr Calverley, 62, was at the game with his daughter Helen, 25, when she was stopped by stewards at the turnstiles.
He added: “A steward noticed my daughter had a bottle of water and he said if it was open she couldn’t go in. He told her to either leave the bottle outside or empty it or she couldn’t go in.”
A spokesman for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats said: “It is true that regulations have recently changed on advice from our ground safety officer and that there are restrictions on taking bottled drinks into sports stadia.
“It is a policy that has been implemented in the last six to eight weeks and as with anything new there are going to be teething problems. We publicised it to supporters on our website to make them aware.
“But we have to be black and white in terms of plastic bottles. If a bottle is already open then people can’t bring it in and if it’s unopened then it is fine.
“The safety of supporters remains our priority and we are simply acting on the advice of our ground safety officer to that end.”