VUVUZELAS BANNED FROM EIGHT PREMIER LEAGUE STADIUMS

Eight Premier League football stadiums have banned vuvuzelas for the 2010/11 season.

The vuvuzela generated great media attention throughout the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, as the continual drone of the horn resulted in unexpected criticism.

Tottenham Hotspur was first to ban the instrument but since then Arsenal, Birmingham City, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool and West Ham United have joined veto.

A Spurs spokesman said: "We are concerned that the presence of the instruments within the stadium pose unnecessary risks and could impact on the ability of all supporters to hear any emergency safety announcements.

"We are very proud of the fantastic atmosphere that our supporters produce organically at White Hart Lane and we are all very much looking forward to this continuing into the forthcoming season."

North London rivals Arsenal decided to ban the horn only two hours after the announcement. A Gunners statement read: "Further to their hugely debated involvement at this summer’s World Cup Finals in South Africa, Arsenal Football Club has decided to forbid the use of vuvuzelas within Emirates Stadium with immediate effect.

"The decision has been taken to ensure the enjoyment and safety of supporters on match days, which is of paramount importance to the club."

So far the Premier League has refused to issue a widespread ban leaving individual clubs to decide on their own policy.

Interestingly Chelsea, Manchester City and newly promoted Blackpool have stated they have no plans to ban the vuvuzela, with the remaining eight clubs yet undecided the future of the horn looks to have an uncertain future in English top flight football.

Posted on 20/07/2010