UEFA slaps ban on vuvuzelas

2010-09-01 12:03

Berne - Vuvuzelas have been kicked out of European competition after UEFA said that the plastic trumpets drowned out supporters and detracted from the emotion of the game.

The plastic horns became a hallmark of the Soccer World Cup in South Africa, producing a monotonous droning sound which provided a backdrop for every match.

But they will not be allowed in stadiums in UEFA competitions such as the Champions League, Europa League and Euro 2012 qualifiers after UEFA's ruling on Wednesday.

"European football's governing body has informed its 53 member associations that it has taken the move for reasons related to Europe's football culture and tradition, saying that the atmosphere at matches would be changed by the sound of the vuvuzela," said UEFA in a statement.

"The World Cup was characterised by the vuvuzela's widespread and permanent use in the stands," it added.

"In the specific context of South Africa, the vuvuzela adds a touch of local flavour and folklore, but UEFA feels that the instrument's widespread use would not be appropriate in Europe, where a continuous loud background noise would be emphasised."

The statement then continued with a clear criticism of the controversial instrument.

"The magic of football consists of the two-way exchange of emotions between the pitch and the stands, where the public can transmit a full range of feelings to the players.

"However, UEFA is of the view that the vuvuzelas would completely change the atmosphere, drowning supporter emotions and detracting from the experience of the game.

"To avoid the risk of these negative effects in the stadiums where UEFA competitions are played and to protect the culture and tradition of football in Europe - singing, chanting etc. - UEFA has decided with immediate effect that vuvuzelas will not be allowed in the stadiums where UEFA competitions matches are played.


  • Jim Beam - 2010-09-01 12:12

    The vuvuzela is a South African tradition and should only be taken to football matches here, i agree with UEFA the European tradition of singing is what works best for them.

  • @UEFA - 2010-09-01 12:12

    i knew it!

  • Juan - 2010-09-01 12:13

    YES YES YES!!! Vuvuzelas should remain in barbaric countries

  • Mr. G - 2010-09-01 12:21

    I fully support this! The vuvuzela is a South African soccer trademark and should be kept there. Please note I said soccer ... not rugby or cricket!

  • AL - 2010-09-01 12:22

    Finally, some people with common sense!!!!!

  • Jimmy Jump - 2010-09-01 12:24

    Agreed, they are known to sing and klap hands i dont see why they should chnage now. Vuvuzela is a South African horn in SA SOCCER and we love it. People didnt start eating with sticks/ or fry snakes after the world cup in Japan nor the issue was politicised as much as the time vuvu makes it to the news is when PSL standardize the colours in it. Next topic.

  • FD - 2010-09-01 12:26

    Another decision taken by experts who sit in an office, not in the stands. Every European I saw at the world cup went home with a Vuvuzela with the intention of using it. Let them decide. The singing can also get monotonous when it refers to a dog's genitals.

  • SWORDSMAN - 2010-09-01 12:28

    At last some body have the GUTS to stand up against the so called traditional vuvuzela, as far as i remember in history a horn was used for anything else than make a irritating noise at football matches(back then there was no football matches) so where does this stupid tradition came from then? we all know the answer to that, and not even worth mentioning it here. Good riddance, its a pity SA was not included in this ban. Keep the vuvuzela where it belong, in the field with the cows and the little boys herding them, whilst enjoying their pap and magau

  • Agreed - 2010-09-01 12:29

    Absolutly right. 3rd world crap, keep it in the 3rd world!

  • Dingdong - 2010-09-01 12:30

    That was never meant for them anyway.....silly EU trying to steal everything from Africa

  • bok4life - 2010-09-01 12:30

    This news is AWESOME!! It just made my day, what a K@k Invention!! @Juan - i agree boet!! Useless tools used by useless tools!! Whoop Whoop, now we just need EVERYONE to ban them or keep them at our rubbish double standard local football!!

  • anti-vuv - 2010-09-01 12:31

    Well done UEFA, those things sound like angry bees and it destroyed the WC for many of us. Ok, now for the racist remarks by many of you....

  • Spot On! - 2010-09-01 12:32

    Dead right. Reject that noise ridden MONO TONE. Sing songs and chants with clever lyrics, no more of that Baa, Baa, Baa, Baa CRAP.

  • VUVU - 2010-09-01 12:33

    Cultures & Traditions evolve. Thats why the europeans import the VUVU as they embrace it.

  • Culture - 2010-09-01 12:33

    Shouldn't it be left to the guys, that are actually paying for the tickets in the stands, to decide their footballing culture? If they don't want it, it wont be there anyway

  • joanne - 2010-09-01 12:36

    I enjoyed the atmosphere created by vuvzelas in SA during the World Cup, but I get serious shivers when I heard 50 000 people singing together too - be it Glory Glory or You'll never walk alone.

  • Ghetto - 2010-09-01 12:36

    I think the problem is that they cant see a way of getting royalties out of the Vuvuzela , No need for calling people names , From Vuvuzela to barbaric , that is so said.

  • JAM - 2010-09-01 12:36

    At last some governing body with brains and balls!

  • Patrick - 2010-09-01 12:37

    @ Jim Beam, what SA tradition? Its not old enough to be a tradition, its just a useless monotonous sound that demonstrates the hollow emptiness of the mind that invented it, and all who blow it.

  • henry - 2010-09-01 12:39


  • The Voice of Reason - 2010-09-01 12:45

    Ok, they are not part of European football culture, fine. However, some parts of European football 'culture' should be banned too. The flares in Dutch stadiums, racism in Spain, violence in several European countries, these all reaquire crackdowns too. @Juan, which barbaric countries? England, banned from UEFA competitions for crowd violence? Spain, countless racist incidents? Sometimes some perspective is needed.

  • Smanga Zulu - 2010-09-01 12:46

    Whatever ... YAWWWWWWWWWWWWN!

  • lesego - 2010-09-01 12:47

    Why not, it is not their culture anyway.By one way or the other they Europeans will try make something out of it to gain somthing. What is wrong to copy somthing good for the sake of soccer.African world cup won't be the same as the Eurpean World cup, NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jon - 2010-09-01 12:50

    Agreed the Vuvuzela should not travel out of Africa, let the beautiful game be full of singing chanting and applause.Vuvuzela's are an African instrument and should remain so. Dont know where you come from Juan but SA is not as barbaric as you believe, perhaps you should open your eye's to what happens in other countries around the world.

  • David - 2010-09-01 12:51

    It is really only a brain-dead "african kulture" thing, not to be inflicted even on the semi-civilised European soccer supporters. They obviously tolerated it here because it was "our" World Crap, but not back in the real world. Even in our neighbourhood, the call of the sick donkey has finally died off, thank Heavens. Since I wouldn't dream of going near a soccer stadium, hopefully I won't be inflicted by this curse again. Hallelujah!

  • John Pieters - 2010-09-01 12:51

    At last some people are showing some sense. I hope they are banned from all cricket matches the world over. This disgusting noise does NOT belong at any game. The human voice is SOOOOOOOOO much better!!

  • David - 2010-09-01 12:53

    It is really only a brain-dead "african kulture" thing, not to be inflicted even on the semi-civilised European soccer supporters. They obviously tolerated it here because it was "our" World Crap, but not back in the real world. Even in our neighbourhood, the call of the sick donkey has finally died off, thank Heavens. Since I wouldn't dream of going near a soccer stadium, hopefully I won't be inflicted by this curse again. Hallelujah!

  • @voice of reason - 2010-09-01 13:01

    The fact is no vuvuzelas alowed wheteher u try and pin down europe soccer or not every country has violence but u going over the topic get a life have u ever been 4 any soccer matches the vuvuzela is a pain dont no if n e 1 agrees but am glad its not gonna be in the UEFA leagur

  • @voice of reason - 2010-09-01 13:02

    The fact is no vuvuzelas alowed wheteher u try and pin down europe soccer or not every country has violence but u going over the topic get a life have u ever been 4 any soccer matches the vuvuzela is a pain dont no if n e 1 agrees but am glad its not gonna be in the UEFA leagur

  • dean - 2010-09-01 13:03

    Great at last a goup that has the balls to state when somthing is totally CRAP !!!

  • deon - 2010-09-01 13:05

    Chinese junk anyway.

  • Paulo - 2010-09-01 13:05

    Thanks Heavens, we get to watch FOOTBALL on TV again ...and not have to endeaur a racket of note (with no tune whatsoever) not to speak of deafening. The idiot that designed the thing, should be shot.

  • Alchemist - 2010-09-01 13:10

    Can't all the angry people calm down please. The vuvuzela is a traditional means of COMMUNICATING by signalling the MEETING of PEOPLE. Nothing barabaric about that. On the other hand blowing one incorrectly - like into my ear repetitively at the SWC IS an act of BARBARISM. We can only accept that it is the latter people are being protected against by the UEFA ban - nothing more nothing less !

  • blackrystal - 2010-09-01 13:26

    its sad how some of you use this topic to voice your racial issues. Somethings never change.

  • Point Blank - 2010-09-01 13:30

    Who cares, they obviously had to ban it because it was becoming a threat to their mundane, boring football matches... And Juan, maybe you should travel out of South Africa before you claim this to be a barbaric country, maybe even travel out of Boksburg.

  • Roberto - 2010-09-01 13:32

    Thank God!!! sanity preveils in cultured countries.!!!!!

  • Navarac - 2010-09-01 13:35

    On a point of order: The vuvuzela was never "invented". It is merely an adaptation of a piece of dried kelp that can be used to make a noise.

  • GM - 2010-09-01 13:54

    Hallelujah at last. I only watch the European soccer , which is the best. Well done to the UEFA who had the guts to ban that noisy vuvzelas!!!!!!!

  • @ Swordsman - 2010-09-01 13:55

    Firtstly why is it that every topic is always turned into a racial thing? Is it not yet time to get over the whole race issues? You disgust me you want to know why no soccer was played? Its because of the barbaric manners of the old regime thats why, those people was fighting against opression & did have proper facilities to play on. I mean they did not have green grass they played on ground & there was no money for the developement of the sport. Why they looked after cattle in the field?? Because the old regime did not want to educate them, they wanted them to stay stupid so they can keep on ruling. So you changed it to culture (racial) so I just carried on. I wonder have you ever seen the people coming from rugby games? Now thats just as loud & even more barbaric!!!!!

  • thouca - 2010-09-01 13:59

    ha ha now we have uefa committee imposing itself of their own europeans fans who wish to bring in vuvuzelas??? if it is so unwanted, y is having to ban it a big deal ??? our visitors loved our atmosphere and the way we express it!! theyre addicted to our magic !!! ha ha ha

  • Thami - 2010-09-01 14:00

    Thanks Jim. This argument is stupid and out of date. People should just accept that not all people will love it, whatever that UEFA decided is their own ruling, we still have it in SA don't we? We got the World Cup, did a brilliant job in hosting it and the vuvu left a big mark in the world, hence UEFA is still on the subject. I believe that it is an African object and will forever be, if other people want to use it then so be it. SA embraced the people of the world, let's not get bitter over them not liking vuvu, they don't like it so let us deal with it. Take care.

  • Thabiso - 2010-09-01 14:01

    1st i dont remember as South Africans asking Europeans to use vuvuzellas and 2nd all the racist its your opportunity to insult us agan but i have one thing to say I will blow my vuvu at home, stadiums where evr i want to and none of you racist sh*t will tell me

  • Roger - 2010-09-01 14:03

    Hear! Hear! to UEFA's decision!

  • FOOTBALL LOVER - 2010-09-01 14:06

    Great news indeed. The vuvuzela is the biggest fraud that was perpetrated in world football today. SAFA and PSL should also ban it. I love football and the vuvuzela just spoils it for me.

  • MJM - 2010-09-01 14:11

    The Fifa Soccer World Cup remains the greatest sporting showpiece on earth and they allowed the VUVUS finish and klaar. I am not sure how many of you know about the long standing struggle by EUFA to challenge what is almost a fact of life as most of us were born into this truth. What they doing is trying to score cheap points by talking culture shock and emotions,blah..blah, they even tried to invent the Soccer Team World Cup and launched the Intercontinental Team Champions Tournament which is a flop.

  • WHOCARES - 2010-09-01 14:22

    Who cares, The vuvuzela is loved is SA and it is not banned here. We frankly do not give a flying ... kite, where it is banned. Our soccer fans and players love them, and that's all that counts. All you negative ppl saying "thank you for banning Vuvuzela in Europe" are just bitter people coz FIFA IGNORED ALL OF YOU DURING THE WORLD CUP. WHAT A JOKE!!!!

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  • Spring - 2010-09-01 14:26

    @Juan, I hope you don't breed - die with your genes otherwise the future looks bleak

  • Burton - 2010-09-01 14:31

    Does this "protection of the culture and tradition of football in Europe" include monkey chants and other obscenities hurled towards African footballers?"

  • RichyRich - 2010-09-01 14:52

    Vuvuzelas should only be used in townships.Where they belong.