Cyprus bans vuvuzelas at stadiums

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:00 AM ET

Yet another country has banned the iconic plastic horn that was the official background noise of the World Cup. Police in Cyprus announced Friday that vuvuzelas are no longer allowed at sporting events because they are "dangerous," reports the Financial Mirror.

The ban on vuvuzelas was made in accordance with an existing law that tries to prevent riots on sports grounds by prohibiting anything that "could be thrown or handled in a manner that would cause grievous bodily harm or material damage."

The monotonous drone of the vuvuzela was considered to be major distraction throughout this year's World Cup in South Africa and authorities in other countries were quick to ensure the same doesn't happen at their sporting events.

Earlier in the month a fatwa was issued against vuvuzelas in the United Arab Emirates because officials said the horn had the potential to permanently damage a person's hearing. In June Wimbledon organizers told spectators not to bring vuvuzelas or else they'll be confiscated. In that same month they were also banned from Yankee Stadium in New York, football and cricket matches in Australia, a music festival in Japan, UFC matches and the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.


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