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Tottenham, Arsenal ban vuvuzelas from stadiums

LONDON (AP) — Tottenham has become the first English Premier League club to ban vuvuzelas from its stadium.

And Arsenal followed its north London rival on Tuesday to ban the South African trumpets, which were a constant feature at the World Cup — frequently drowning out stadium announcements and television commentary.

"Following discussions with the police and representatives from the local licensing authorities, the club will not be permitting vuvuzelas or similar instruments into White Hart Lane on match days," Tottenham said. "We are concerned that the presence of the instruments within the stadium pose unnecessary risks to public safety."

The Premier League has not ruled on the use of the vuvuzela and its distinctive drone, leaving the decision to individual clubs.