No vuvuzelas in Europe, says UEFA

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Vuvuzela ban
Nyon (Switzerland), Sep 1: Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) banned fans from bringing vuvuzelas into stadiums for European Championship and Champions League matches on Wednesday, Sep 1.

UEFA imposed the ban on vuvuzelas by saying that it wanted to protect the culture and tradition of fans singing at European soccer matches from the negative effect of vuvuzelas, which became famous during the South Africa World Cup 2010.

"UEFA feels that the instrument's widespread use would not be appropriate in Europe. In the specific context of South Africa, the vuvuzela adds a touch of local flavor and folklore" said UEFA in a statement.

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

The ban on vuvuzelas will also apply to qualifiers for Euro 2012. Earlier during the World Cup, many players and spectators from different countries complained about the loud noise of vuvuzelas.

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