World Cup officials have defied pressure from European countries to ban the ‘Vuvuzela’, a South African inspired soccer cheer horn that has become synonymous with the 2010 World Cup.
Lately there has been much talk about the plastic horn as Europeans complain of the noise it produces. One sports writer Martin Rogers says vuvuzelas have created a constant buzzing sound over games, annoying players, fans and viewers at home. “Supporters everywhere have reacted angrily to the continuous use of the horn,” Rogers wrote.
Rogers believes that if supporters from Spain, England and a few other countries complain then everybody is complaining. South Africans are not complaining. Ivory Coast have not said a word, and Ghana cruised to victory without any complaints, and for the Africans the vuvuzela’s roar has generally been viewed as a magical African way of celebrating.
In his observation Rodgers sees nothing positive in the current world cup. “ Remarkably, in a tournament involving the finest, richest and most controversial soccer stars on the planet and a misbehaving soccer ball, the most-discussed issue has revolved around a brightly coloured plastic instrument so simple that a child could blow it.”
The fiery reporter gives the example of miscommunication between Slovenia’s Samir Handanovic and Marko Suler as justification for the vuvuzela to be banned.
However this happens everyday in English, Spanish and Serie A leagues. There is miscommunication between players which can result in goals.
When Robert Green spilled Clint Dempsey’s shot to award the United States an equaliser, the blame should be directed to the beautiful horn or the ‘misbehaving’ ball.
Argentina’s Lionel Messi was also quoted saying it is impossible to communicate amidst the blaring horns. Furthermore Rogers laments that the vuvuzela has robbed the beautiful game of its traditional appeal. He says things like the inspirational roar from fans urging an attack from their team and the imaginative and patriotic chants are sung to lighten up a game.
Portugal and the world’s most expensive player Christiano Ronaldo also lambasted the South African horn. “There is something missing. I like the atmosphere of football; it is beautiful. This is not beautiful,” he was quoted.
Whether this is good enough reason to have the instrument banned remains a debatable issue. Amid the furore over the vuvuzela, fans are left to wonder if it is acceptable when the likes of Ronaldo take a dive and awarded a free kick against Ivory Coast or if it is such players that bring disrepute to the world cup and should be banned. Roger Milla brought the wiggle to football, 1994 brought the Mexican wave, and the verdict? HANDS OFF the vuvuzela!