Wednesday, September 1, 2010

It's not often we'll use the words "sensible decision" when it comes to talking about football authorities or governing bodies.

Fair play to UEFA though who have announced that they are banning the annoying as hell vuvuzela from all UEFA-sanctioned games such as Euro 2012 qualifiers and Champions League games, with immediate effect.

It's a victory for those who want to see proper football culture and the ability to hear actual chanting at our games in Scotland and in Europe and not endure 90 minutes of a fad that people have seen on TV and is very cultural to the African market.

A UEFA statement said, "The move was taken for reasons related to Europe's football culture and tradition. Uefa feels that the instrument's use would not be appropriate in Europe where a continuous loud background noise would be emphasised."

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

Great news. Let's hope that all the domestic clubs follow suit.

All this means some swarming wasp free sounding Euro 2012 qualifers on Friday. Just in time for us all to hear the England fans chanting for "Fabio out" against Bulgaria.

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