2 Sep 2010

Vuvuzelas banned from major European matches

9:31 am on 2 September 2010

Europe's governing football body UEFA has banned vuvuzelas from all UEFA-sanctioned football matches such as Euro 2012 qualifiers and Champions League games.

The blaring horns were popular at the World Cup in South Africa but critics say they drowned out fan singing and atmosphere.

UEFA, the first major footballing body to impose a vuvuzela ban on its members, says the move was taken for reasons related to Europe's football culture and tradition.

Several football teams in England and also other sporting events and musical festivals had already banned the instruments, while some others left it up to fans to decide.