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Vuvuzelas: a symbol for some, a headache for the rest

Even though many hate it because of how noisy it is, the vuvuzela is one of the most symbolic objects attached to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which is why it is important to take a look at some of its most interesting aspects.

Let’s start with an important fact: Even though locals claim that it is, the vuvuzela is not original from South Africa but from Mexico, and the instrument used to be made out of tin, nowadays they are all made out of plastic, and this happened because they used to be utilized as a weapon in Stadiums (sure, they were banned because a person could get hit with the vuvuzela, but when it comes to harming a player or even fans in a mental way, then they are still as dangerous as ever).

This instrument has been quite controversial at the World Cup, as many players have said that the extremely disturbing noise produced by the vuvuzelas does not allow them to concentrate, which makes it more difficult for them to attain any desired results.

In fact, the combined sound of the vuvuzelas in a full stadium can reach an amazing 130 decibels (much more than the noise produced by a chainsaw which is of 100 approximately), and at such high levels hearing damage can take place in as less as 15 minutes.

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Sepp Blatter, the president of the FIFA, has said that he feels the vuvuzelas are just part of South Africa’s soccer landscape, which is why he is not thinking of banning them for the rest of the tournament in despite of a lot of critics concerning the subject.

Actually, Danny Jordaan, the chairman of the organizing committee for the cup has said that they are evaluating the degree of harm the vuvuzelas are producing, as they have received complaints from all areas, including broadcasters, officials and players. He said that ban is an option which is still not being considered as the top one in order to deal with the matter.

The fact is that vuvuzelas are a big part of African football in general, and some believe that if they are removed from World Cup games, then the essence of the continent concerning their way of enjoying soccer is not going to be portrayed in an ideal way, though if the protests continue, officials might have to do something about it.

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