FIFA is considering giving the vuvuzela horns a dirt nap
Acknowledging a rising tide of complaints about the deafening din of vuvuzelas during World Cup matches, Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the tournament’s local organizing committee, warned Sunday that the plastic horns could be banned if fans don’t show more respect in their bugling.
In an interview with the BBC, Jordaan reiterated calls for fans not to blow vuvuzelas during the playing of a country’s national anthem or during announcements over the soccer venues’ public-address system. Asked if the horns could be banned, Jordaan said: “If there are grounds to do so, yes.”
Vuvuzela supporters argue that the horn is a South African tradition, producing a unique sound that signifies pride in the nation’s heritage and support for its national team, Bafana Bafana. Moreover, South Africa’s goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is urging fans to blow even louder during Bafana Bafana’s upcoming match against Uruguay on Wednesday, saying that from players’ perspectives, the noisier the vuvuelas, the better.
But a growing number of critics within the country argue that the vuvuzela has nothing to do with tradition and is simply an annoyance–one that, regrettably, has supplanted the genuine South African tradition of singing during soccer matches.