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Premier League to leave vuvuzelas well alone

Clubs in the Barclays Premier League have no immediate plans to ban the use of vuvuzelas next season. German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund became the first European club to declare a ban on fans taking the South African instrument into their ground next season.

A spokesman for Arsenal said: "There is no ban on the use of vuvuzelas within Emirates Stadium at present, as they do not contravene our ground regulations.

"However, the enjoyment and safety of fans on a matchday is of paramount importance to us, and we reserve the right to take action against any device which negatively impacts the experience of others within Emirates Stadium."

Birmingham City were also mindful of the matchday experience being spoiled by the vuvuzelas and said that, ultimately, it would be a matter for the local authority and the safety group.

A spokesman said: "On the subject of any kind of matchday entertainment we always take our supporters' opinions into account but ultimately this matter would be decided by the local authority and safety advisory group."

A spokesperson for double-winners Chelsea added: "We have no plans to ban them at the moment."

Tottenham are currently liaising with safety and licensing authorities over the issue.

"There is currently no policy relating to the use of vuvuzelas within stadia in the UK as this has not been considered an issue to date," said a club spokesman. "We are therefore currently liaising with all relevant safety and licensing personnel."

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