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Sunday, June 13, 2021

It’s a fan-favorite plastic novelty trumpet called a vuvuzela, and it’s giving this year’s World Cup a headache:

Some 20 years after being introduced to the game in the early 1990s, the instrument came to prominence on the world stage during the [South Africa-hosted] 2009 Confederations Cup. TV stations were upset by the “goat being slaughtered” timbre, while players complained that they couldn’t hear themselves think over the din. “It doesn’t allow you to concentrate and it’s unbearable,” Spanish player Xabi Alonso said at the time. FIFA head honcho Sepp Blatter, however, pooh-poohed calls to ban the vuvuzela for World Cup 2010, insisting that we should not attempt to “Europeanize” the African tournament.

It’s not like arena noise is a new phenomenon. The issue is that South African soccer crowds blow their horns continuously, and without let-up — practically unrelated to the action on the field.

Oh, right — “action on the field” and “soccer” are practically mutually exclusive. So I guess I can’t blame the fans for taking it upon themselves to create a literal buzz during these drawn-out run-and-kick matches…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 06/13/2010 10:39pm
Category: Other Sports
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