2010 FIFA World Cup: Players, Fans Blast the Annoying Vuvuzelas

Umer Tariq@Umerrr_Correspondent IJune 13, 2010

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 13:  Ghana fans blow vuvuzelas prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Serbia and Ghana at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on June 13, 2010 in Pretoria, South Africa.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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The South African vuvuzela trumpets, hugely popular with South African World Cup spectators, are a great nuisance to fans and players alike.

The South African spectators do not require the excuse of a goal or a thrilling moment to puff out their cheeks and blow. They simply drone on relentlessly throughout the game.

When thousands of people toot them simultaneously, you get a loud, incessant hum that makes the entire stadium sound like it's being attacked by angry bees.

Players have shown their disgust at the Vuvuzela's disruption as well.

Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso has called for it to be banned as it impedes players' concentration.

French captain Patrice Evra said, "We can’t sleep at night because of the vuvuzelas, people start playing them from 6 a.m." He also mentioned, "We can’t hear one another out on the pitch because of them."

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo said, "Almost everybody dislikes it, but people here like to blow it, so we need to respect it. It's difficult on the pitch to concentrate, many players dislike it but we need to adapt to it."

World Player of the Year Lionel Messi said, "It is impossible to communicate, it’s like being deaf."

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Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk  said, "At this moment we don't know if there will be any more open training sessions, but if we train with a crowd then (it will be) without the horns."

Many say that it's totally ruining the tournament. You can't hear the crowd singing, chanting or indeed the crowd noise after a goal.

And there is concern that it may have a link to hearing loss as well.

The AFP report on this said that the din emitting from the tuneless plastic horns is louder than that from a drum or a chainsaw. Tests had shown that the sound emitted by a vuvuzela was the equivalent to 127 decibels. The sound from a drum was put at 122 decibels while the sound from a referee's whistle registered 121.8 decibels.

"Extended exposure at just 85 decibels puts us at a risk of permanent noise-induced hearing loss," hearing aid manufacturer Phonak said in a statement on the SAPA news agency. "When subjected to 100 decibels or more, hearing damage can occur in just 15 minutes."

The vuvuzela's sound is horrendous, like a swarm of bees. It is part of the game in South Africa and hence part of the character of the tournament, but no one likes it at all (except maybe South Africans).

For South Africans, this is about a country celebrating in a unique cultural way. Some locals even say that if FIFA didn’t want South Africans to express themselves in this, the biggest sporting event ever held here, they should not have awarded it the tournament in the first place.

What are your thoughts?

Are the vuvuzelas spoiling the World Cup for you? Or should we leave South Africa to host the tournament in their own inimitable style?


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