FIFA threaten crackdown on vuvuzelas in World Cup games

South African horns could be reduced to makeshift beer bongs


Despite having been around for the best part of two decades, and therefore definitely existing when South Africa submitted their World Cup bid (in fact, Nelson Mandela urged fans to bring them to host nation unveiling in 2004), the vuvuzela, SA’s noisemaker of choice, seems to have caught FIFA completely off guard.

Prior to South Africa‘s warm-up friendly with Colombia yesterday, fans were warned the plastic horn was still ‘under review’ and could be banned from the World Cup if too much noise was made during the match. Apparently TV networks have been struggling to cope with the 140db onslaught during broadcasts, while players have complained of not being able to hear their manager, or even each other.

Making a point of not actually referring to vuvuzelas directly, head of the World Cup Organising Committee, Danny Jordaan, warned fans to choose the right moment to make their noise:

If there is an order to evacuate that stadium and an announcement is made, you have to ask yourself, will everyone in that stadium hear that evacuation order?

Jordaan also made it clear the instruments would banned if “one incident of violence [occurs] involving a vuvuzela”. We’re not sure how much damage you can do with a plastic stick, but there you go, the man has spoken.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke, who deftly avoided questions on whether the orders had been sent from head office, said organisers are considering giving away free earplugs to fans, after ‘legal concerns’.

5 responses so far
  • tht // May 28, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    ‘columbia’ is the university, ‘colombia’ is the country.

  • Richard Gilzene // May 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I’m attempting to set a new record for elementary spelling errors. Well spotted, cheers.

  • Xevi // June 5, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Yeah, I’m 100% not watching the World Cup this year. I love the sport, follow the USMT and I watched all the games from Korea and Germany not just the US ones.

    The France Italy final is still the greatest sporting event I have ever seen and I’m a much bigger basketball fan.

    The vuvuzelas will literally ruin the World Cup experience for millions if not billions of people.

    Nobody is going to sit through two average teams playing if their team isn’t involved. There is no way in hell someone could get through 64 90 minute games of that nonsense.

    It’s funny that FIFA didn’t stop this. How do they think they are going to convince the planet to watch games not involving their teams. I mean seriously, it gives people headaches.

    If I was a player, I honestly wouldn’t even go. It’s not worth the effort when you travel to some thrid world country and their goal is to give you a splitting headache as your doing your job.

    The ball is also horribly mishapen. It knuckles way too much for a soccer ball. In baseball only a sepcial kind of throwing technique can make a ball move in the air like that. During the France China game, a Chinese player just kicked it normally and it knuckled past one of the best keepers in the world, Hugo Lloris.

    This whole African World Cup thing is one big gimmick anyway. The ball is beyond retarded and the noise in the stands give people 90 minutes headaches.

    Sorry guys, I’m out. I wanted to give this one a chance but it’s just not worth it. There is a slight chance I’ll watch the final but at that point I think even the players themselves will have lost interest.

    The Inter Milan coach was right, “Champions League is the premier sporting event not the World Cup.”

  • Big Dave Beckham // June 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Print it, frame it & remember it. Boys you just read an American who appears to understand “soccer”

  • Pieter // June 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I hope they ban these idiotic vuvuzelas. I cannot even watch a whole match one TV, how on earth must the player be able to concentrate on their game.

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