Vuvuzelas here to stay, says committee

2010-06-14 13:17

World Cup organisers made clear today that vuvuzelas will not be

banned from matches in South Africa despite complaints that noise from the horns

is diminishing the match-day experience for fans in the stadiums and those

watching at home.

“Vuvuzelas are here to stay and will never be banned,” Rich

Mkhondo, communications officer of the World Cup local organising committee,

said at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

“Look at them as part of our culture in South Africa to celebrate

the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”

The statement comes a day after the BBC reported that chief

organiser Danny Jordaan had not fully ruled out a possible vuvuzela ban.

“As our guests please embrace our culture, please embrace the way

we celebrate,” said Mkhondo. “The history of the vuvuzela is ingrained in South


Jordaan had said he preferred singing in a football stadium, but

Mkhondo denied the noise from the horns drowned out all other forms of


“We don’t believe people are losing anything,” he said.

“People love the vuvuzelas around the world. Only a minority are

against vuvuzelas.”

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