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Love or hate them, vuvuzelas are here to stay

sports Updated: Jun 15, 2010 01:47 IST
Dhiman Sarkar

Patrice Evra, the French captain, says they are a wake-up call he doesn't need, Cristiano Ronaldo thinks they are a distraction teams must learn to live with in the 2010 World Cup finals.

Back home in India, even Bhaichung Bhutia said they should be banned as it gets in the way of enjoying matches on television.

The vuvuzelas though are going nowhere for the moment.

At the daily FIFA media briefing here on Monday, a representative of the local organising committee launched an impassioned defence of the horn whose drone has been a constant presence four days into the 19th World Cup finals.

“The vuvuzelas are a way of expressing happiness. I don't want to dwell too much on what outsiders think. Sitting at home and watching games on TV is different from the experience of being on the ground,” said Rich Mkhondo, chief spokesman of the local organising committee.

“There is a culture of the vuvuzelas in South Africa. Recently, even rugby fans played it and soon, we could even have it in cricket. Look at the vuvuzela in totality. Please embrace our culture, please embrace the vuvuzela. Unless there is an official complaint, it won't be banned.”

Mkhondo also pointed out that the vuvuzelas are no longer South Africa specific.

“Go outside and see the Danes and the Dutch people playing it. Today, South Africa aren't playing here. Go to the airports and you will see people buying it. They love the vuvuzela around the world. You can't ignore the vuvuzela; you either love it or hate it. In South Africa, they love it.”