Thursday 14 December 2017

MSP wants football horns banned

Independent MSP Margo MacDonald claimed the vuvuzelas were 'ruining' the World Cup
Independent MSP Margo MacDonald claimed the vuvuzelas were 'ruining' the World Cup

Football bosses have been urged to ban vuvuzelas from their grounds after the horns caused controversy at the World Cup.

Independent MSP Margo MacDonald wants the Scottish Premier League to show the red card to the trumpet-like plastic horns.

Their sound has been likened to a herd of stampeding elephants or the drone of a thousand bees.

Football fans have complained about the noise because they say it drowns out singing and chants at the big matches, while some viewers have struggled to hear the match commentary on television.

Ms MacDonald, the convener of Holyrood's cross-party group on sport, claimed the vuvuzelas were "ruining" the World Cup.

She said she fears their popularity with fans at the tournament in South Africa may lead to supporters taking them to games in Scotland when the new season kicks off.

The Lothians MSP, a Hibernian FC season ticket holder, has written to SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster calling on him to act.

She said supermarkets in England were already stocking vuvuzelas, and asked if the SPL could ban them before they appear in Scottish stores.

Ms MacDonald said: "As as season ticket holder for an SPL club and a football fan, there is no intention on my part to limit the enjoyment of other fans.

"But as is obvious from the mounting level of complaint, I think there is justification for the SPL to consider the matter before it becomes a problem here."

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