Harlequins has declared the Twickenham Stoop a vuvuzela-free zone by becoming the first club in the UK to ban the infamous plastic horns.
Vuvuzelas have become a common topic of discussion ever since the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicked off in South Africa and their incessant buzz can be heard throughout every match played to date.
Although unpopular with many viewers, vuvuzelas have acquired a cult following in the UK and many fans brought them along to Harlequins’ recent home game against reigning Super League champions, Leeds Rhinos.
Harlequins Rugby League general manager, Paul Blanchard, explained:
“As a club we pride ourselves on our match day experience and atmosphere. However, as anyone who has been watching the World Cup will attest, vuvuzelas completely block out the sound of cheering and singing.
“We also have to consider the players and ensuring they can hear each other and the referee’s signals.”