Thursday, 17 June 2010

News: Ban On Vuvuzela After Players and Fans Complain? Not!

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Just how do you feel about this unique South African musical instruments?

Let's first take a look at how an ESPN commentator feels about it:

How about the footballers? What do they think?

From BBC News,

England defender Jamie Carragher said the noise did not bother him when he came on as a half-time substitute during the 1-1 draw with the United States and he said he had already bought two to take home to his children in Liverpool.

"When I came on I didn't notice it too much. I think you notice it more when you are watching on TV," he said.

"But my kids have been on the phone and asked for two so I'll have to take two home for them. I've got two in my bag already.

"Anyone who watches me play at Anfield will know that I am louder than the vuvuzelas!"


A recent survey found that the sound emitted by a vuvuzela was the equivalent to 127 decibels - louder than a drum's 122 decibels or a referee's whistle at 121.8 decibels.

Portugal star Ronaldo is the latest World Cup star to voice unease about the instrument.

"It is difficult for anyone on the pitch to concentrate," said the Real Madrid forward. "A lot of players don't like them but they are going to have to get used to them."

France captain Patrice Evra blamed the noise generated by the vuvuzelas for his side's poor showing in their opening group game against Uruguay, which finished goalless.

He added: "We can't sleep at night because of the vuvuzelas. People start playing them from 6am.

"We can't hear one another out on the pitch because of them."

I personally think it resembles a mosquito flying in and out of my ear trying to land successfully and bite me because I have covered my entire body, except the head part, with quilt. Ooo... This is a memory I am never fond of, but memory stays, the noise stays as long as I have ears and there are mosquitoes, and the sounds of the vuvuzela also stays, as long as the World Cup is still on going.

Well, you have vuvuzela, I have electronic filter!

The BBC says it may start to filter out the sound of vuvuzelas from its World Cup broadcasts, following complaints about the incessant drone.

The BBC said Tuesday it had received 545 complaints from viewers, forcing officials to look into options to reduce the noise from the plastic trumpets.

One option would be to offer an electronic filter that reduces most of the ambient noise while maintaining the game commentary. 

Football coaches, players and reporters have all complained about the constant din generated by thousands of vuvuzelas at the stadiums.  However, FIFA officials say the horns are a South African tradition and will not be banned.

Let's see who wins?