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Should FIFA Ban the Vuvuzela for the World Cup?

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 20:  A South African fan blows a vuvuzela during the FIFA Confederations Cup match between Spain and South Africa at Free State Stadium on June 20, 2009 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Tobias FunkeContributor IAugust 26, 2009

My fiancee thinks I'm crazy.

This is due to my belief that I can single-handily swing a game by cheering. I somewhat believe it when I'm standing in front of my television, and I wholeheartedly believe it when I'm at the game and yelling at the top of my lungs.

However, no matter how loud I yell, I can never equal the noise produced by the vuvuzela.

For those of you unaware of what that is, the vuvuzela is a fairly innocent looking plastic horn that emits a loud, annoying sound that is driving soccer fans crazy.

Thousands of fans blowing a vuvuzela at the same time can actually swing a game. It can create so much noise that players cannot communicate with each other on the field when they are being blown. Fans cannot hear the commentary. Basically, the vuvuzela is creating a nightmare.

But FIFA won't ban it. In fact, they are supporting it. Hans Klaus, director of communications at FIFA, has said that he hopes the vuvuzela will be a hit and that it will provide the World Cup with "African sound."

Is this just another instance of soccer fans being the rowdiest, craziest, and loudest fans in the world? Or is the vuvuzela a great way to support your team?

We'll find out in less than a year when the World Cup starts up. Just make sure you bring earplugs.

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