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Vuvuzela not in UK bid - mayor

2010-06-17 08:25

Cape Town - London mayor Boris Johnson said on Wednesday vuvuzela trumpets likely would not figure in the 2018 World Cup if England wins its bid to host it, comparing the noise to a "mosquito in your ear".

Johnson said he was facing some pressure to ban the horn for the 2012 Olympics, but that he was undecided about the World Cup's most popular accessory.

"Cumulatively, it does sound a bit like a mosquito in your ear. I'm wondering whether it's going to be totally suitable for London 2018 or indeed for London 2012," he said.

Johnson was in Cape Town stumping for England's bid, with Russia seen as the main rival for the 2018 tournament.

Thumbs up for Cape Town

"We think we've got a great great case for having the World Cup in London, in England, in 2018. That's the point I'm going to make to the FIFA guys when I meet them in the next few days,' he said.

Johnson said he was interested in South Africa's fan fests and volunteer programmes, and gave Cape Town the thumbs up for its "amazing success" in generating a party atmosphere.

"I'm less convinced about the vuvuzela but I'm open to persuasion about that. I can see that this is going to be a matter of intensifying international controversy," he said.

The vuvuzela has created a storm with its tuneless buzzing.

"We're thinking of not having them in 2018... wonderful instruments though they are," he told journalists after arriving with a yellow version of the instrument.

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