Tournament News

Raucous vuvuzela here to stay

2010-06-07 07:29
The noisy vuvuzela will remain a crowd favourite at the World Cup. (AFP)
Read more on:   

Johannesburg - There will be no curbing of South Africa's raucous vuvuzela fan trumpets during the World Cup despite earlier concerns their din could drown out emergency announcements.

Chief Local Organiser Danny Jordaan said that officials tested noise levels at the refurbished 90,000 seat Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg when it was almost full for the first time during a friendly between South Africa and Colombia.

He had said there were concerns the trumpets, which sound like a herd of charging elephants, could drown out emergency announcements or be disrespectful during the playing of national anthems.

Following the tests, Jordaan said: "Now the vuvuzela is in this World Cup. It is part of this World Cup."

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has also defended the trumpets, saying they are as much a part of soccer in South Africa as bongo drums or chanting in other nations.

Jordaan said fans would be asked not to blow the plastic trumpets during the national anthems but there would be no bans.

During last year's Confederations Cup, a dress rehearsal for this month's soccer spectacular, foreign players and managers complained about the din.

Thailand manager Bryan Robson said during a friendly against South Africa last month that he was unable to communicate with his players because of the trumpets, which he said could give South Africa an advantage during the World Cup.

Read more on:    fifa


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Updated: Hottest SWC WAGs

Updated: Hottest SWC 2010 WAGs


World Cup 2010 is over and the country is returning to normal - but have you moved on yet?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.