Site calls for vuvuzela ban

2010-06-15 00:00

A WEBSITE, banvuvuzela.com, has been launched in an attempt to gain support for the banning of the instrument during this year’s Fifa World Cup.

The vuvuzela has come under much criticism from fans, players and international media since last year’s Confederations Cup took place in SA. Issues have arisen around the instrument’s reported ability to cause permanent hearing loss as well as the difficulty for management staff to communicate effectively with their players on the field. Health risks from sharing vuvuzelas have been documented.

The website asks visitors to vote whether the vuvuzela should be banned or retained at the World Cup. It intends to take the results to a higher authority in order to try and push for a decision to be made.

By 4 pm yesterday, 74 811 people (89,9%) had called for the instrument to be banned while only 8 359 (10,1%) had given it their blessing.

The site contains a video of ESPN commentators in the United States slating the use of the vuvuzela after their team’s 3-1 loss to Italy in the Confederations Cup group stages last year.

A description of the vuvuzela is found as an introductory paragraph to the website.

“To some it is a traditionally rousing sound that is part of football matches in South Africa,” it reads.

“To others it is an annoying distraction that has been likened to a deafening mix of angry elephants trumpeting and a foghorn.”

Though the votes on the site suggest that most football fans would prefer the immediate removal of the vuvuzela from the World Cup, Fifa and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) have made a decision on the matter that won’t be changed unless it needs to be.

LOC CEO Danny Jordaan has insisted that the only way that the horn will be banned from the tournament is if it is used as a weapon and therefore becomes hazardous to the safety of players and fans.

 

 

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