Vuvuzelas banned by UEFA


27 September 2020

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Vuvuzelas, the instruments we had all become familiar with over the past year and a few months, with the Confederation Cup in 2009 and the World Cup in 2010, had been banned by UEFA in all their competitions (such as the Champions League, EURO Qualifiers 2012, etc. .).

Let us first look at what makes this instrument what it is. The name comes from a Zulu language, which basically means to create a vuvu sound (I have also heard some other theories that it comes from another language, but I think this was accepted). A vuvuzela is also known as a lepatata, it is typically 65 inches long where you produce a sound by blowing into it. There are many different types of this instrument, but all produce a high monotonous sound that differs only in intensity and frequency. In the past, it was used to call distant villagers to a gathering in the village. Today it is used in sports, mainly football. They are most popular in South Africa, as already mentioned, where they reflect the enthusiasm of the fans in the stadiums and are kind of their symbol. They were introduced to other places even 50 years ago, but they never caught on so well. As I said, it has a high sound pressure of 120 dB, which can cause permanent hearing damage to the unprotected ear. So imagine 40,000 of them in the stadium.

But they have created many problems over the last few years. Because of their loud noise, many players and coaches saw them as annoying, disruptive instruments that reduce their concentration and ability to communicate. FIFA considered banning them, but the African people were against it. It's their way, they enjoy it, they're not bothered by it, they've been doing it for years. Commentator Farayi Mungazi, an African football commentator, said: "A ban on vuvuzela would remove the distinctiveness of the South African World Cup ... absolutely necessary for an authentic South African football experience", and FIFA President Sepp Blatter agreed, "we should not try to Europeanize an African World Championship ". I totally agree with them. Sure, they can be annoying to us, Europeans and the rest of the world, but they are part of Africa's jubilant tradition, and because they were chosen to host the World Cup, we have no right to tell them how they must have hosted it. It would be as if someone came to our competition in our country and demanded that no one can wear jerseys for matches because it is offensive to them. Of course, many people will argue that it is not the same because vuvuzelas damage your hearing (I heard a rumor that there was a huge demand for earplugs in South Africa during the World Cup and that they were sold out), but the concept is similar. Of course, they also created problems for TV network stations, which then used sound filtering techniques to remove the vuvuzela sound so that the broadcast and the comments got a clearer tone.

So yes, many people would have a good amount of hard arguments to ban these instruments are sports. That is why UEFA decided to do it. Their explanation was that the atmosphere in the stadiums would have changed if they were allowed to do so. It removes the emotions between the pitch and the stands and drowns the supports. It is not Europe's football culture and tradition. And of course they are right. We have a completely different way of cheering, singing songs, shouting, various dances, etc., and we like it that way. But it does not give us the right to diminish other football traditions and cultures. We have our way, they have theirs. And who ever likes it, how he likes it, who else are we going to tell them for more information click here


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