Vuvuzelas trumpet celebration of football, hails FIFA chief

June 18th, 2009 - 10:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Johannesburg, June 18 (DPA) FIFA president Joseph Blatter Thursday said that he could not see how his organisation could suddenly ban the use of vuvuzelas (plastic trumpets) in the stadiums during the Confederations Cup or the World Cup.
“I have heard that the Italian coach Marcello Lippi said that they were something new and that his players would simply have to get used to them,” Blatter said.

He also noted that the vuvuzelas were the part and parcel of football in South Africa.

“That is what African and South Africa football is all about - noise, excitement, dancing, shouting and enjoyment. This is a celebration.”

“I can’t see how we can tell South African football fans how they can celebrate football,” he said.

Earlier in the day, FIFA spokesman Nicholas Maingot said the organisation will look to address the deafening noise caused by South African fans blowing vuvuzelas at the Confederations Cup before the country hosts the 2010 World Cup finals.

“There will be discussions between FIFA and the Local Organising Committee about the vuvuzelas but this won’t happen until after the Confederations Cup,” he said.

European broadcasters have complained about the noise caused by the plastic trumpets while Spanish footballer Xabi Alonso has called for the instruments to be banned.

“The vuvuzelas are an annoyance and add nothing to the atmosphere, they should be banned,” said Alonso after Spain’s 1-0 victory over Iraq Wednesday in Bloemfontein.

However, Blatter said there were no studies that show that they can cause damage to one’s hearing. “People go to clubs or discos, where there is loud music,” he said.

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