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You either love them or you hate them and the vuvuzela is stirring up some impassioned debate on Facebook, YouTube and other sites online.
Studies have also shown they contribute to the spread of cold and flu germs.
It appears the trumpets have also hurt the sensibilities of some foreign players, who have lobbied for it to be outlawed, claiming it affects their concentration.
The drone has also attracted plenty of disparaging comments online.
In 2001, South Africa-based company Masincedane Sport began to mass-produce a plastic version. Neil van Schalkwyk, the co-owner of Masincedane Sport, won the SAB KickStart Award in 2001. Vuvuzelas have been said to be based on kudu horn instruments and thus rooted in African history, but this is disputed. During the last quarter of a match, supporters blow vuvuzelas frantically in an attempt to "kill off" their opponents.
Originally posted by felonius
If Holland (I"m backing Deutschland myself) was to win the cup, it will cause MASSIVE uproar in SA. Murder and rape of the white Afrikaaners will dwarf anything to date. They would have to throw the game.
I've been thinking about making a notch filter to target the frequency they're at, they're all pretty much the same.. I might take an audio sample of it later just to tinker with then see if anyone can help me do the same with a live stream.
Originally posted by stumason
I'll second most of the opinions here in that these bloody horns are irritating!
Has to be said though that the England - USA game last night was impressive in that you could still hear the English fans singing the great escape and the national anthem.
I will also say, for the record, that the USA were LUCKY!. We were all over you guys last night.
The vuvuzela came to international attention during the run-up to the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup, both hosted in South Africa. The world football governing body, FIFA, wanted to ban the use of vuvuzelas during the World Cup 2010 because of concerns that hooligans could use the instrument as a weapon and that businesses could place advertisements on vuvuzelas. However the South African Football Association (SAFA) made a presentation that vuvuzelas were essential for an authentic South African football experience, and FIFA decided in July 2008 to drop the ban, allowing vuvuzelas at Confederations Cup. President of FIFA Sepp Blatter opposed banning the vuvuzela, saying "We should not try to Europeanise an African World Cup." FIFA ultimately decided to allow the instrument for the 2010 World Cup as well, except for Vuvuzelas being longer than one metre.
Some football commentators, players, and international audiences argued against the vuvuzela during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. During the match between United States and Italy, BBC Sport commentator Lee Dixon referred to the sounds as "quite irritating". FIFA received complaints from multiple European broadcasters who wanted it banned for the 2010 FIFA World Cup because the sound drowns out the commentators. Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk and Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso also called for a ban, the latter saying the horns make it hard for players to communicate and concentrate while adding nothing to the atmosphere. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Hyundai and a local South African advertising agency called Jupiter Drawing Room created the largest working vuvuzela in the world — 114 feet (35 m) long — on an unfinished flyover road in Cape Town. The vuvuzela is powered by several air horns attached at the mouth piece end, and it will be blown at the beginning of each of the World Cup matches.