World Cup organisers may ban vuvuzelas inside stadiums

June 13th, 2010 - 11:32 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 13 (IANS) The bee-swarm sound of countless vuvuzelas that has been the talk of this World Cup in South Africa could fall silent as the organisers may ban the instrument after complaints from broadcasters and others.
The constant sound of vuvuzelas has so far drowned out much of the atmosphere-generating singing usually associated with the games.

South Africa’s World Cup organising chief Danny Jordaan said the vuvuzelas could ne banned inside stadiums.

Jordaan, when asked if he would get rid of them, told BBC Sport: “If there are grounds to do so, yes.

“We did say that if any land on the pitch in anger we will take action.”

French captain Patrice Evra has already blamed the noise generated by the vuvuzelas, which has been likened to the drone of thousands of bees, for his side’s poor showing in their opening group game against Uruguay, which finished goalless.

“We can’t sleep at night because of the vuvuzelas. People start playing them from 6 a.m. We can’t hear one another out on the pitch because of them,” he was quoted as saying.

Jordaan conceded that while the noise was irritating for some people, they were doing all they could to minimise the impact.

“We’ve tried to get some order.”

“We have asked for no vuvuzelas during national anthems or stadium announcements. It’s difficult but we’re trying to manage the best we can.”

Jordaan admitted he was not a huge fan of them himself. “I would prefer singing,” he said.

“It’s always been a great generator of a wonderful atmosphere in stadiums and I would try to encourage them to sing.

“In the days of the struggle (against apartheid) we were singing, all through our history it’s our ability to sing that inspired and drove the emotions.”

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