Football bosses sound vuvuzela warning to fans

2010-05-28 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Vuvuzelas will be banned from all World Cup matches if rowdy supporters throw the controversial trumpets on to the football pitch or use them as weapons, football bosses said on yesterday.

Last night’s Bafana Bafana match against Colombia — with 75 000 spectators at Soccer City — was regarded as an opportunity to test whether the vuvuzelas’ deafening sound will be too disruptive at matches.

The opening match will be played precisely two weeks from today.

“Should any vuvuzela be thrown on to the pitch in anger, that will be the end of the vuvuzela,” Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the Local Organising Committee, told journalists in Sandton yesterday.

If a vuvuzela were to be used as a weapon, it will “be banned from the next game”.

During the Confederations Cup in June last year, foreign players as well as journalists complained that the vuvuzelas were so noisy that they made their heads spin.

Fifa secretary-general Jérôme Valcke said Fifa wants it to be much less noisy in the stadiums than it has been at recent matches.

Jordaan said a constant drone is unacceptable, especially while “presidents or kings” are speaking. Spectators must be able to hear announcements for safety reasons, he added.

“We can’t have a constant noise when we’re in the middle of a national anthem. We can’t disrespect national anthems,” Jordaan said.

“We’ll see on Thursday night... This is the first time Soccer City will be full, and we have to see if the noise has an impact on the efficiency of activities.”

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