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Please stop the noise…

June 13th, 2010 by · No Comments · Features, Football

Not Andy Townsend’s shirts or Adebayor yodelling non-sense, but that plastic horn din [Vuvuzela to you].

Attack of the Killer Bees

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been watching a game and someone, who has a peripheral interest in football, walk’s in and says ‘what’s that awful noise’. Followed swiftly by ‘how can you stand it’. It’s at this point you realise that you have, until that moment, managed to filter it out of your viewing experience. Once the spell is broken, however, it becomes impossible to regain your state of ignorance.

That ‘awful noise’ has been the soundtrack to every game so far but such are the level of complaints that the organisers said, for the first time, that they could yet be banned. Following last year’s Confederations Cup, there were complaints from coaches, players and broadcasters about the noise. Fifa said that the horns formed part of the unique African atmosphere of the tournament and refused to ban them.

But for the first time yesterday Chief Executive Danny Jordaan said, to the BBC, they would ‘continue to monitor their use’. A ban could be enforced if there were ‘grounds to do so’. Bizarrely he said that a ban might come in if one was ‘thrown onto the pitch or used as a weapon’. That would seem an open invitation for someone to start throwing them just to get a ban enforced.

I’m even considering getting on a plane and doing it myself. Really – I’ve got to the point where I’m looking at games that I absolutely can’t miss and crossing off others I’d like to see just to avoid the noise. One solution seemed to be muting the TV and listening to BBC 5Live but DAB seems to be 2-3 seconds behind TV ‘real’ time. Not ideal when you see a goal and the radio commentator is still on the build up. Sort of spoils the excitement.

The truth, though, is that the only thing that will change things is for the broadcasters to kick up a fuss and worry FIFA into leaning on the organisers. What makes broadcasters sweaty? You, the viewer, causing a fuss by complaining. BBC and ITV have admitted they are receiving regular complaints.

Calling the BBC is fine but this is just what the net and social media was build for. If, like me, you can’t bear the thought of 5 weeks of that noise you can join the protest at and let us know if see any other petitions out there needing support.

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