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Seattle Seahawks Hire Undercover Police to Monitor Fans

| by Michael Allen
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The Seattle Seahawks claim they have "great fans" who are so great that the NFL team has hired undercover police to wear jerseys of opposing teams, sit in the stands and keep a watchful eye on Seahawks supporters.

“We have great fans. Our goal is to ensure a safe environment for all in attendance, including visiting team fans," Seahawks president Peter McLoughlin told CBS Seattle.

The Seahawks announced this week that undercover cops wearing San Francisco 49ers apparel will be in the stands on Sunday night.

They'll be on the lookout for unruly behavior, foul or abusive language (about half of all football fans). 

The cops will also be watching for harassment of opposing team fans, stadium guests and staff. The vague language casts a wide net so that it's possible some fans may be ejected for booing.

Another wide net rule is "failure to follow instructions from stadium personnel," which apparently can be whatever the stadium personnel deems.

According to a Seahawks press release, you can be cited even if you're not at the game, but someone is using your season ticket:

Seahawks season ticket holders are responsible for the behavior of persons using their seats. If those persons are ejected, the Seahawks may take appropriate action against the season ticket holder, up to and including season ticket revocation.

Violators of these vague rules are required to pay $75 for an online course before returning to the stadium.

Source: CBS Seattle