You either love Vuvuzelas or you hate them; personally I detest them and I am absolutely delighted to see Tottenham have had the good sense to ban the plastic horns at White Hart Lane next season.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who got frustrated with them this summer. The sound is horrendous and watching England in South Africa brought back horrible memories of the Blackburn defeat at the Millennium Stadium in 2002 where the stadium was filled with similar contraptions that were equally deafening should you be in the vicinity of them.
The official line coming out of Tottenham is that they are in danger to public safety and I am not surprised, given that during bad results at football clubs all around the country there will be a minority of supporters who will undoubtedly be tempted to launch them at rival fans.
“Following discussions with the police and representatives from the local licensing authorities, the club will not be permitting vuvuzelas or similar instruments into White Hart Lane on match days.
“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.” Daily Telegraph
Hopefully it won’t take long for other clubs to follow suit, for not only will they make for a terrible atmosphere (in my view of course), but the fact that these could be used as possible missiles in moments of frustrations. While I appreciate that some would like to see them in football grounds across the country next season to replicate the carnival atmosphere they created in South Africa this summer, they should also appreciate that in the most part the atmosphere between rival clubs in England is anything but carnival, especially when the stakes are high.
Should the Premier and Football League’s insist that Vuvuzelas are banned from all stadiums in the country? Or do you believe they represent little harm at all?