Ban the vuvuzela, invite the wrath of ‘real’ SA football fans

2010-06-16 09:32

The noise supposedly made by the vuvuzela is much more tolerable

than the one coming from those who have recently discovered the beautiful

game.


These are fans who had never seen or heard of the legendary “Mecca

of SA football”, Orlando Stadium, before the inconvenienced Super 14 champions,

The Bulls, and the World Cup kick-off concert came to Soweto.


These petulant fans should have been warned that a football game in

South Africa is not a church service.


Even the pastors in white robes, paging through their Bibles during

a local football game know they are in a different environment.


Football governing body Fifa has been warmly welcome by the real

South African football fans and seems to have accepted our ways.


But some representing Fifa’s member associations want to turn

Soccer City, Mbombela and Moses Mabhida stadiums into Real Madrid’s Santiago

Bernabéu and San Siro, home of European club champions Inter and AC Milan.


Maybe the local organising committee should have invited the

vuvuzela-hating fans to orientation programmes on what to expect at football

matches.


A South African football fan pays about R20 to attend local premier

league games. To expect a devout supporter – having paid seven times more for a

World Cup ticket – not to bring a vuvuzela to watch Argentinian wizard Lionel

Messi battle Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama at Ellis Park would be an

injustice.


In February, the same fan would have been at Ellis Park, vuvuzela

in hand, to watch Kaizer Chiefs play to a goalless draw against Soweto rivals

Moroka Swallows.


Would football fans warmly welcome such restrictions? I doubt

it.


Banning the vuvuzela would be similar to asking Cope to return to

the ANC.

 

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