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Tottenham, Arsenal and Birmingham ban vuvuzelas

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Birmingham City have announced that the infamous vuvuzelas will not be welcome in their stadiums this season.

Vuvuzelas are banned in some stadiums in England
Vuvuzelas were the source of heated debate during the World Cup in South Africa with some fans critical of the droning noise they created while others believed they added to the atmosphere.

Tottenham announced on Monday that they would block fans from bringing the iconic plastic horns to White Hart Lane on match days.

A club statement read: "We are concerned that the presence of the instruments within the stadium pose unnecessary risks to public safety 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."

And North London rivals Arsenal have taken the same step on Tuesday, saying: "Further to their hugely debated involvement at the World Cup Finals in South Africa, Arsenal Football Club has decided to forbid the use of vuvuzelas within Emirates Stadium with immediate effect.

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

Birmingham have the same opinion and the club said: "Blues can confirm that supporters will not be allowed to bring vuvuzelas into St. Andrew's on match days.

"The club took into account feedback from both supporters and relevant bodies such as the Safety Advisory Committee and have made the decision on health and safety grounds. An overwhelming majority of Blues supporters said they didn't want vuvuzelas to be allowed at St Andrew's."

However, newly-promoted Blackpool have no qualms and have encouraged fans to bring the intruments to Bloomfield Road next season.

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