The ear-shattering secret weapon ‘Vuvuzela’ that can turn WC soccer fans deaf

June 4th, 2010 - 5:46 pm ICT by ANI  

Cape Town, June 4(ANI): Football fans travelling to the World Cup in South Africa are being warned to be prepared for a secret horn called ‘vuvuzela’, which is capable of creating an ear-shattering experience at the stadiums.

South African fans will be using ‘vuvuzela’ to inspire their players.

“The vuvuzela can reach 131 decibels, which is almost as loud as a gunshot,” The Sky quoted Professor De Wet Swanpol, of Pretoria University, as saying.

“We have found that football fans exposed to the noise during just one game suffer some hearing loss,” he added.

The plastic instrument has made the officials advise visiting fans from all nations to wear earplugs to protect themselves.

According to reports, there were also calls for the vuvuzela to be banned during the World Cup, although FIFA denied receiving any official complaints.

Former England manager and current Thailand coach, Bryan Robson, confirmed that even players had faced problems due to the instrument, and said he was stunned by the noise at a recent friendly in South Africa.

“The atmosphere was fantastic, but it was too loud to communicate with my players,” Robson said. (ANI)

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