Vuvuzelas have been banned from all Uefa-sanctioned games such as Euro 2012 qualifiers and Champions League games.
The horns were popular at the World Cup in South Africa but critics say they drowned out fan singing and atmosphere.
The move was taken “for reasons related to Europe’s football culture and tradition,” said a Uefa statement.
“Uefa feels that instrument’s use would not be appropriate in Europe where a continuous loud background noise would be emphasised.”
European football’s governing body said that “in the specific context of South Africa, the vuvuzela adds a touch of local flavour and folklore,” but it then went on to make it clear they felt they were out of place at European games.
“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.” (BBC Sport)
There will surely be few people who disagree with this decision which therefore must make this some sort of ground breaking judgement by UEFA who generally have a pretty good record for making very bad errors. Most Premier League clubs have already banned the use of the annoying noise making device and it was only a matter of time before such a move was made across the board.
One wonders what the punishment for someone would be if they managed to sneak one of those things into a game? Perhaps they will be tied to a chair and forced to have to listen to the infuriating din for a full 24 hours until their ears bleed and their brains turn to mush, whichever happens first.