Manchester City’s reported plans to introduce facial recognition technology at Etihad Stadium have been questioned by human rights advocacy group Liberty, which feels the move would equate to “normalising a mass surveillance tool”.

The Times reports that the Premier League champion is working with facial recognition specialist Blink Identity to pilot the initiative, which would allow fans to access the stadium more swiftly on match days.

The initiative would see fans enter a single super-fast lane at the Etihad, with a face scan to then detect whether each individual has a ticket. If the fan has a ticket, a green light will appear and if they don’t, a yellow one will appear.

Fans would be required to take a picture of themselves and register it on the system to utilise the facial recognition technology.

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