â†µWhoever thought the end of the world might come from a long plastic horn? â†µâ†µ
â†µâ‡¥They were responding to a call for all South Africans to blow a vuvuzela or hoot a car horn at 12pm for five minutes in support of Bafana Bafana and the World Cup. â†µâ‡¥â†µTo be fair, the South African population seems to be galvanized by the event, with vuvuzelas being blown as part of the celebration to kick off the World Cup. With just a few days before the official start of the event, the country is as excited as one could possibly be. And that's cool…now keep it down! â†µ
â†µâ‡¥People sporting Bafana Bafana shirts, flags and colourful headgear flooded the streets and crowded balconies around the city. â†µâ‡¥â†µ
â†µThe Guardian has a poll asking if the vuvuzelas are too much for readers to stand. So far 57.4 percent have said yes. Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Gate has a story yesterday blasting the plastic horns, and FIFA's decision not to ban them. Then there's a report on the website Digital Spy that quotes German player Arne Friedrich, who says: â†µ
â†µâ‡¥"Every nation has its own way to celebrate the game, while I am not a fan - I must admit they are bloody loud - you have to respect them and the longer we are here, the more we will get used to them. â†µâ‡¥â†µSo, soccer fans around the globe, take solace in knowing that the players are as annoyed as we are.â†µ
â†µâ‡¥"You have to adapt to it mentally, there will be plenty of noise involved in games, not just from the vuvuzelas. You can think about adding ear plugs, but that would mean an even more serious communication problem on the pitch." â†µ
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