Wednesday, September 01, 2010
By Zack Wilson
UEFA have confirmed that vuvuzelas will not be allowed at any games under its direct jurisdiction this season.
The instrument, such a noisy and prominent part of the fabric of this summer's World Cup in South Africa, is viewed as an annoyance by many involved in European football and as such will be heard at neither Champions League nor Europa League stadia this season.
The ban also applies to qualifiers for Euro 2012, with UEFA informing its 53 member associations that the ban will be enforced for "reasons related to Europe's football culture and tradition", with administrators keen to hear songs and chants rather than mindless noise at grounds.
"The World Cup was characterised by the vuvuzela's widespread and permanent use in the stands," a statment on UEFA's official website reads.
"In the specific context of South Africa, the vuvuzela adds a touch of local flavour and folklore, but UEFA feels that the instrument's widespread use would not be appropriate in Europe, where a continuous loud background noise would be emphasised.
"The magic of football consists of the two-way exchange of emotions between the pitch and the stands, where the public can transmit a full range of feelings to the players. However, UEFA is of the view that the vuvuzelas would completely change the atmosphere, drowning supporter emotions and detracting from the experience of the game.
"To avoid the risk of these negative effects in the stadiums where UEFA competitions are played and to protect the culture and tradition of football in Europe – singing, chanting etc – UEFA has decided with immediate effect that vuvuzelas will not be allowed in the stadiums where UEFA competitions matches are played."
Im so glad that Europe has banned this.Before the Word Cup many said that it was the culture of South Afrcica but after one game too many it starts to get irritating.
I was against the Vuvuzela from the beginning as I felt World Cup was about tradition and song and culture.The Vuvuzela was like a disturbed Hornets nest and you couldnt hear any chanting or singing from the Fans.
To me...............Thank God Europe has banned it...Now we can watch in peace.