Vuvuzela silenced by Europe's football body
Thursday 02 September 2010
The vuvuzela, the instrument behind the cacophonic signature of the World Cup in South Africa, have been given the red card by the Champions League and the European Championship.
European football's governing body, Uefa, banned the vuvuzela in the interests, it said, of protecting Europe's "football culture and tradition" of chanting and singing.
It feared the atmosphere of football matches would be changed for the worse if the long plastic trumpets were allowed into the grounds when Champions League, Europa League or the international European Championship matches were being played.
The sound made by vuvuzelas when played en masse by crowds has been compared to the buzz of a million angry bees. Their appearance at the World Cup where they were played almost incessantly was both welcomed and condemned by fans and commentators.
The noise drowned out the more traditional sounds of football matches, including club songs – and abusive chanting.
Several clubs from the Premiership, including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Liverpool and West Ham have taken unilateral decisions to ban the instrument from their grounds for any match.
Uefa, headed by the former France international Michel Platini, said the ban would come into effect in time for this week's Euro 2012 qualifiers. Uefa executives decided the "continuous loud background noise" should be kept out of Europe. In a statement, Europe's footballing ruling body said: "Uefais of the view that the vuvuzelas would change the atmosphere, drowning supporter emotions and detracting from the experience of the game."
Latest in Sport
Sky Sports and BT Sport announce Premier League live matches for 2015/16 with Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in action
Football kits 2015/16: The good, the bad and the downright worst new shirts from around the world for next season
Arturo Vidal to Real Madrid: Transfer news live - Sergio Ramos to Manchester United, Lukas Podolski to leave Arsenal
Chelsea 2015/16 home shirt leaked again as new picture appears online
Wimbledon 2015: 'Heather Watson deserved to win the match,' concedes world No 1 Serena Williams after gruelling contest
- 1 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 2 Van driver who comforted Clark Carlisle and called 999 after suicide attempt dies age 24
- 3 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 4 Baby rescued 1km out to sea after parents forgot about her
- 5 Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture