If you’ve happened to stumble across ESPN’s (solid) coverage of the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, you may have heard something that sounded like a swarm of bees invading the stadium. Don’t be alarmed. That’s just the vuvuzela, South Africa’s noisy ass airhorn that has plagued the atmosphere of every match at the tournament.
FIFA has been giving away the horns free at every match and the drone of noise has been so constant, fans all over the world want the things banned from next year’s World Cup. This is a move I’m completely in favor of. The fans at the World Cup will be passionate enough with their own chants, colors and energy. We don’t need the damn horns creating an artificial atmosphere at the world’s biggest sporting event. Get rid of them.
Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso said the horns are a detriment to player communication and add nothing to the stadium’s atmosphere. While I can’t speak for the player communication, it’s often been difficult to hear the commentary because of the noise. At the same time, this creates a a tough decision for FIFA president Sepp Blatter. If you get rid of the “traditional” horns, it could cause a shitstorm among the locals, something Blatter has tried to avoid by making some tickets available only to South Africans.
“It’s noisy, it’s energy, rhythm, music, dance, drums,” Blatter said. “It is Africa, not Western Europe.” That’s the thing, Sepp. There’s no rhythm behind this music. I completely understand the banging of a drum, but the horns are creating a drone, not a rhythm. Fans are going to watch next summer’s World Cup either way, but it’d be nice to not be constantly annoyed for all 64 matches.