FIFA Thinks Penalty Kicks Can Silence The Mighty Vuvuzela

In terms of optimistic statements, it's hard to beat this from FIFA, via the Guardian:

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World Cup 2010: Vuvuzela silence expected for penalty shoot-outs
• World Cup organisers hopeful fans will stay quiet for penalties

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It's great that FIFA thinks so highly of soccer fans. In FIFA's eyes, soccer fans will recognize the gravity of a penalty shootout, and will adjust their conduct accordingly. That may indeed be true of very many soccer fans down in South Africa as we speak.

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Slight problem, however: there is a set of qualities that embody the vuvuzela and its most ardent fans. Decorum is not one of those qualities. The penalty kicks, we assure you, will be penalty kBZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZZZZZZZ  BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZBZZZZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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