Tottenham management has announced it will ban vuvuzelas at White Hart Lane. Spurs are the first Premier League team to make this official policy. We doubt they will be the last.
The decision was made public on the club’s web site, as the league has made clear it will not impose any blanket restriction. A number of lower division sides have already enacted their own embargoes.
We could pretty much all see this coming, given the breast-beating the plastic horns caused at the beginning of the World Cup (halfway through they’d achieve a pop culture icon status, see: my iVuvuzela app).
In a statement released on the club’s official site, THFC said the decision had been made in hopes of preserving traditional match day sounds; because of safety concerns– namely that the vuvuzelas could drown out a PA announcer; and the inability to make a deal with “local licensing authorities,” which I’d take to mean that the surrounding neighborhood made it clear they didn’t want to spend 2-3 hours of every home Saturday hearing THIS!