The GAA, Ireland’s national hurling and Gaelic football association, has decided to preemptively ban vuvuzelas before they wreak the same sort of havoc at Croke Park as they are currently doing in South Africa.
The traditional African horn-like instrument has been the subject of fans’ and players’ fury since the start of the World Cup with the drone-like buzz the hated instrument emits reportedly causing hearing injuries, tinnitus and ruining the atmosphere at matches.
Alan Milton, the Association’s spokesperson, said that the GAA “counts vuvuzelas as air-horns,” adding that air-horns were already banned at all GAA matches in Ireland.
He also said of the maligned horns “We have instructed our stewards not to allow them into our grounds, but that is not always possible. If fans do persist in taking them inside, we will confiscate them if we get complaints.”
Fifa president, Sepp Blatter has refused to ban the vuvuzelas despite pleas from footballers, broadcasters and traveling fans. He said the noise was part of the African experience.
The Jabula South African shops in Dublin and Cork are believed to be the only two stores in Ireland stocking the air-horn, global sales of which have sky-rocketed since the start of the tournament.
South African fans have reacted with outrage to pleas from the international soccer community to ban the horns, saying that they are part of the native soccer experience.