Blatter backs SAfrica fans on blowing vuvuzelas
Sepp Blatter has defended South African fans’ right to blow
their vuvuzela horns at World Cup matches despite global criticism
from television viewers of the constant blaring noise.
“I have always said that Africa has a different rhythm, a
different sound,” the FIFA president said in a Twitter message on
Monday. “I don’t see banning the music traditions of fans in their
Blatter went on to ask: “Would you want to see a ban on the fan
traditions in your country?”
FIFA and Blatter have strongly backed the use of vuvuzelas since
they were introduced to the wider football world at the
Confederations Cup in South Africa last year.
Broadcasters objected then to the noise emitted by the slender
plastic horns, which has been likened to a swarm of bees invading
Some fans have reported watching World Cup matches with their
television muted to escape the vuvuzela orchestra.
The noise can also affect players’ ability to perform on the
“In many parts of the game, it can bother you a bit because you
can’t communicate anything to a teammate who’s more than 10 meters
away from you,” said Spain striker David Villa, who played at the
However, Villa added that the noise “brings a nice ambiance and
World Cup organizers insisted Monday that vuvuzelas will not be
banned in stadiums, despite the yearlong debate.
Organizing committee spokesman Rich Mkhondo said television
viewers were different people than the colorfully dressed fans
bringing the instruments to matches.
“I wouldn’t dwell too much on what outsiders think about
vuvuzelas. I would dwell … on what the feelings of the spectators
are,” he said at a news conference.
Responding to a typical stream of vuvuzela questions at his
daily media briefing, Mkhondo said they are ingrained in South
“You find that they emanate from the horn which was used by our
forefathers to call meetings,” he said. “As our guests, please
embrace our culture, please embrace the way we celebrate.
“You either love them or you hate them. We in South Africa love
Mkhondo said the vuvuzela was now an international instrument,
and visitors were “stuffing them into their suitcase” before
going home from the World Cup.
England defender Jamie Carragher said he’s been asked to take
“My kids have been on the phone and they want two. I’ve got two
in my bag already,” Carragher said.
AP Sports Writers Paul Logothetis in Potchefstroom and Rob
Harris in Rustenburg contributed to this report.