English clubs ban vuvuzelas

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LONDON -- Tottenham became the first English Premier League club to ban vuvuzelas Tuesday, and fellow London side Arsenal followed suit.

The vuvuzela, a plastic horn that produces a humming sound, was prominent at the recent FIFA World Cup in South Africa. FIFA considered banning the musical horn at the matches in South Africa but did not.

A number of English Championship clubs previously banned the vuvuzela, and the Spurs announced on their website "the club will not be permitting vuvuzelas or similar instruments into White Hart Lane on match days."

Tottenham also revealed it was concerned the horn may pose "unnecessary risks to public safety and could impact on the ability of all supporters to hear any emergency safety announcements."

Arsenal also announced on its website it 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, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, West Ham and Sunderland later joined the list of clubs banning the vuvuzela.


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