Vuvuzelas are the only thing being talked about at this year’s world cup. They’re incredibly annoying for non-african fans, players & commentators. FIFA won’t ban them because they don’t want to ‘Europeanise the African World Cup’, but what about health & safety grounds or player welfare? This has been the most boring world cup in memory so far and officially has the lowest goal count of any world cup so far. Could this be linked to vuvuzelas ruining the atmosphere and distracting players? Possibly and even if it’s not, we’ll pin it on the vuvuzelas anyway because they deserve whatever criticism they get…
Here’s a few reasons why they should be banned…
1. They can be used as weapons
2. They drown out ‘proper’ support
Singing and shouting, chanting etc… is man made support. It’s natural support which involves creativity and coordination. No plastic, no gadgets… the vuvuzela is like ‘cheating’ your way to creating noise.
3. Their sound drowns out commentators
This isn’t a bad thing, but a lot of commentators can hardly think, never mind talk during matches thanks to thousands of vuvuzelas being blown continuously for 90 minutes.
4. They can lead to long term hearing problems
Vuvuzelas can produce up to 130DB which is higher than a drum, referee’s whistle, chainsaw or air horn. It’s equal to the noise of a jet taking off 300 metres away. Constantly. Thousands of them. For 90 minutes or longer.
5. They’re distracting for players
Patrice Evra, Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi are the latest superstars to add their names to the anit-vuvuzela list. Those guys aren’t exactly strangers to big game atmospheres either. The fact they’re saying vuvuzelas are distracting them and causing problems with communication on the pitch should be taken seriously by FIFA.
6. They help create a ‘manufactured’ atmosphere
There’s nothing worse than ‘fake’ atmospheres. Music blaring over loudspeakers, flags and hats with company logos on seats, idiot proof ‘cheer now’ messages on big screens… vuvuzelas are plastic, they involve blowing in to a tube to create a much noisier sound than the sound you make blowing in to them. And it’s the same sound. The same sound being produced by up to 90,000 vuvuzelas /people at a match. It’s a lazy way to create atmosphere.
7. Stadium announcements cannot be heard
Fire. Fire. FIRE. Oh that’s right, you can’t hear the stadium announcement. So a terror attack, bomb alert or important announcement will go unnoticed if you have 90,000 jets taking off around you constantly.
8. Two teams, two vuvuzelas
In football, supporters are often called the 12th man. Home advantage is a big advantage. For the african sides though, there is no home advantage. Supporters might be wearing their teams colours but they’re still blowing the same horn as the opposition supporters meaning there is no home advantage. It’s just all white noise. So supporters cancel each other out. In any other continent, singing, chanting, clapping etc… is unique. Each country has their own chants, own songs, own uniqueness.