No going native with vuvuzelas in ‘proper’ Europe

2010-09-01 13:19

Nyon, Switzerland – UEFA has banned fans from bringing vuvuzelas into stadiums for European Championship and Champions League matches.

The European football governing body said it wanted to protect the culture and tradition of fans singing at European football matches from the “negative effect” of the South African plastic trumpets made famous – and notorious – at the World Cup.

“UEFA feels that the instrument’s widespread use would not be appropriate in Europe,” the organisation said in a statement.

All 53 European football nations have been told to enforce the ban at UEFA’s national team and club competition matches.

Vuvuzelas provided the World Cup soundtrack in South Africa, where every match was accompanied by a low-pitch drone likened to a swarm of buzzing bees.

Fifa refused to ban vuvuzelas despite repeated calls from players and broadcasters, defending them as part of South African soccer culture.

However, they have since been banned by organisers of events such as basketball’s world championship and baseball’s Little League World Series, and by most English Premier League clubs.

Europe’s football authority has acknowledged that the vuvuzela had a place in world football culture.

“In the specific context of South Africa, the vuvuzela adds a touch of local flavour and folklore,” UEFA said, before adding that they would change the traditional atmosphere at European matches.

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