The vuvuzela plastic horn which created so much debate during the World Cup in South Africa has been banned by six Barclays Premier League clubs in England. Arsenal, Birmingham City, Liverpool, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham have all said they will not allow fans bring them to games this season.
The vuvuzelas were widely criticised by players and supporters who said the noise sounded like a swarm of bees and affected their concentration and enjoyment of matches. A spokesman for Arsenal FC said that the horns would have the effect of reducing the traditional atmosphere synonymous with the English game.
A spokesman for West Ham United said the vuvuzelas could also pose a health and security problem as the large plastic horn might be used as a weapon by opposing fans intent on causing trouble. Fifa was considering banning the horns but they were persuaded by the host nation that they were part of South African culture.
The new Barclays Premier League season kicks off on Saturday, August 14th.