The Vuvuzela: To ban or not to ban
The Vuvuzela has been a talking topic in the football world ever since it gained international exposure during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup was hosted by South Africa. Many teams, supporters, officials and a considerable portion of the South African public are getting very annoyed by them. Many would be South African football fans (those that normally do not follow football in South Africa) are the ones being irritated the most. And their sound is also irritating international tourists visiting South Africa to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup games, as well as audiences watching the games on television (who claim that the sound of the commentary is being drowned by their sound). Reports have also been coming through about the vuvuzela’s sound being responsible for hearing loss (a result to extreme exposure to the 128 decibel sound that is emmitted by them).
Personally the Vuvuzela noise does not bother me that much. I’m a smoker and most of us have learned to be considerate when being in the company of non-smokers. I feel that the same strategy should be practiced when it comes to the vuvuzela. If an oke is 4 rows from me in the stadium and blowing his vuvuzela it will not bother me, but if he’s right behind me and blows it into my ear I might just kick him in the olives or give him a decent tongue lashing. Its all about being considerate. The noise is irritating if the vuvuzela is being blown without regard for people who don’t like their noise and might be considered by some as ‘invasion of personal space’ if its blown to close to them.
Danny Jordaan (the executive in charge of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organizing committee) is talking about implementing measures if too many complaints are received about this plastic musical instrument’s. I’m not saying that they should ban the vuvuzela (since it has become part of South African football culture for the last 10 years). I’m of the opinion that its use should be limited during matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Allow them to be blown before and after matches and at intervals. In my opinion fans should also be allowed to blow them if their side scores a goal. Another measure could be to request that fans install some kind of dampening device (if one exists for a vuvuzela) that will make the noise more bearable for human ears once they enter the stadiums. I’m also of the opinion that the organizing committee should consider banning them in the quarter finals, semi finals and final of the FIFA World Cup to ensure that the teams are focused on bringing us the best football the world has seen in years.
I’m sure that there a ton of people out there who will not agree with me on this and argue that this will be impossible to enforce at 2010 FIFA World Cup matches in South Africa. Their stance will probably be to ban them completely for the duration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Since we live in a free democratic South Africa everyone is entitled to their opinion. I’m just making use of that fundamental human right and stating my opinion. I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Comment on this post and let me know what you think of the Vuvuzela.