The UAE's General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE) has denied reports that it has banned the public use of vuvuzelas.
It said in a statement that the horns used by spectators in stadiums during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa had not been prohibited and that media reports were "inaccurate".
In a clarification statement published by news agency WAM, the GAIAE said the published reports on the issue had "distorted and twisted" the text of the fatwa (religious ruling) and gave a misleading impression to readers.
The GAIAE affirmed that the fatwa, which was posted on its website on June 2 2010, does not forbid the vuvuzela.
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