I was glad to read that the World Cup chiefs rule out a vuvuzela ban. The sound of the plastic horn has been likened to the drone of a thousand bees or a herd of stampeding elephants.
Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo says the noise affects player concentration, while some fans watching on television claim they cannot hear the commentary. But a World Cup spokesman insisted vuvuzelas are “ingrained in the history of South Africa” and will remain.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter also weighed into the debate and believes vuvuzelas are part and parcel of football in South Africa:
“I have always said that Africa has a different rhythm, a different sound. I don’t see banning the music traditions of fans in their own country. Would you want to see a ban on the fan traditions in your country?”
A recent survey found that the sound emitted by a vuvuzela was the equivalent to 127 decibels – louder than a drum’s 122 decibels or a referee’s whistle at 121.8 decibels.
The one thing I can say about the vuvuzelas controversy – it does make officiating more difficult. There have been a number of times players have continued running even after being caught offside because they failed to hear the referee’s whistle in the sheer volume of noise.