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British hotel chain bans vuvuzelas

sports Updated: Jun 19, 2010 19:49 IST

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British hotel chain Premier Inn said on Saturday that it was banning the use of vuvuzelas after a manager was kept awake by England fans blowing the plastic horns.

"At the Newcastle Central hotel last night fans were blowing the horns in the bar during the match (between England and Algeria) and right outside the hotel as they left to go on to clubs and bars," said a spokeswoman.

"They were causing such a racket the manager himself was kept awake."

She added that fans were also blowing their vuvuzelas at the Premier Inn near Heathrow airport.

"There were loads of people in and the manager could not ask the ones with vuvuzelas to stop playing because there was no policy but staff are emphatic they don't want people playing them any more.

"Guests who bring the horns into our bars will be asked to take them back to their rooms, even if they are not playing them," said the spokeswoman.

She added that the ban would last until the end of the World Cup but would be extended if the problem persisted.