Vuvuzela Ban Could Come to World Cup
The use of the horn is tradition at soccer matches in South Africa, and has become a big hit with tourists during World Cup 2010. But it has been a nuisance for television viewers, and has drawn the ire of players on pitch.
Vuvuzelas can record noise levels of up to 130 decibels. By comparison, the sound of a chainsaw produces 100 decibels.
Recently, French captain Patrice Evra offered the following assessment:
"We can't sleep at night because of the vuvuzelas," said Evra, according to the BBC. "People start playing them from 6 a.m. We can't hear one another out on the pitch because of them."
"It is impossible to communicate," said Argentina star Lionel Messi. "It's like being deaf."
That could be a problem.
South Africa's World Cup organizing chief Danny Jordaan is aware of the budding problem. Officials are addressing the situation, and Jordaan told the BBC that a banning of the trumpets is an option they'll consider "if there are grounds to do so."
"We've tried to get some order," Jordaan continued. "We have asked for no vuvuzelas during national anthems or stadium announcements. It's difficult but we're trying to manage the best we can."