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Vuvuzela under threat

By Reuters | Apr 12, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 25 ]

THE sound of the vuvuzela could fade from South African soccer grounds - although not because of the droning wall of noise that made it so unpopular with global audiences during the 2010 World Cup.

Premier Soccer League officials say that though they are not yet pursuing a ban, it has become a topic of conversation after a rise in incidents where the vuvuzela was used to cause harm.

"Our rules ban all dangerous weapons from matches," PSL general manager Derek Blanckensee said.

"If the vuvuzela is to become a dangerous weapon then we will look into this."

Vuvuzelas were among a number of objects thrown at Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa after his side were held to a draw by AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium last week.

On Saturday, a supporter, angry at a red-card decision against his team, charged on the pitch and attempted to strike the referee with the plastic instrument during a league match between Lamontville Golden Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs in Durban.

A second Chiefs fan was stopped after he too went on the pitch. Both were arrested and released on R500 bail earlier this week. The incidents have not only called into question security at PSL games but also the future of the vuvuzela.

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Ag now you want to take SA pride (Vuvuzela) and replace it with what?uPhambene.

Apr 12, 2013 7:6 | 0 replies

@ Nyame1
Is true if Vuvuzela is a weapon they must just ban it for the safety of the soccer lovers.
Bloody hooligans they destroy our beautiful soccer

remember when Dunusa PPL damaged the stadium?

BUCSELONA
ds is al thanks 2 COWsi fan who hit d ref wit a vuvuzela, nxa bloody agent

what about Rats PPL @ Moses Mabida?

Apr 12, 2013 9:33 | 0 replies

Shredder
@BUCSELONA
ds is al thanks 2 Drawlando Pirates........................
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DOUBLE TREBLE CHAMPS 9 graws, zebras 10 draws this season

Apr 12, 2013 9:42 | 0 replies

Dereck, is that your name right? Now listen here mate, banning the vuvuzela is not addressing the problems, but dealing with symptoms, while leaving the root cause. Ask yourself, why did the fan saw the need to use the his beloved vuvuzela on an official? Be it the official of teh Psl or club? Let me tell you, I have had my vuvuzela for almost 20 years and I have grown sentimentally close to it, now why would I take my vuvu and knock some sense into your official? There in lie the rub. The moment we have competent officials, this acts of violence will stop.

Do you think that fan, just decided on Saturday to attack the ref? No! Do you think the rat fans decided on that fateful day, to challange a bat wielding coach? No! You see, this things take time, bottled emotions, it takes only a tiny little thing (like bad officiating or a coach who makes wrong team selections) for someone to explode cause they can only take that much.

Mr Blanckee, I know you are a smart oke, we both know that banning the vuvuzela, while there are myrid of problems isn't the solution. Remember, when alcohol was banned ( still banned) at the stadiums, people come drunk already to the stadium.

My solution, get well trained security officers who will be at the games not as interested parties in the game, but solely to watch the spectators. This should be people who are trained in crowd control and management, someone who will know how to defuse a potential risk, not a knobkerrie wielding, whatsapp chatting someone, who looks bored and only looking forward to the end of his / her shift to collect their envelopes.

As a parting shot, ban the vuvuzela and see teh numbers dwindling, it is a given fact that spectators of lighter melamine don't go to the games, not unless Manchester United is playing and some of darker melimine only go to the suits fior the freebies, and not for the soccer. So would you rather have 5 clueless, english soccer supporting fans, than millions of genuine soccer lovers fill the stadium, including those who sing at anything, even when a fly drops dead in front of them?

Food for thought, Dereck








Apr 12, 2013 10:11 | 0 replies

do you mean to say that the 'UKUTHULA NOXOLO" hooligant who ran on the field and hit the ref with a vuvuzela learnt that from the Orlando Pirates fans who disciplined their own coach, about using the vuvuzela as a weapon?

Apr 12, 2013 10:27 | 0 replies

@ letwadi

Well and Enough said...

If Yeye was not given a Red card that National Bafana Chiefs Fan wouldnt have gone inside the pitch & hit the REF... so Mr Dereck think of this then tell the national,,,,

Apr 12, 2013 10:27 | 0 replies

@ psl

bann all the fans from comming to the stadium and see if you will succeed

Apr 12, 2013 11:33 | 0 replies

@ Seja-Bana
@ psl

bann all the fans from comming to the stadium and see if you will succeed

GOOOOOOD POINT my man!

Apr 12, 2013 11:35 | 0 replies

Ba.nye.la If they ban Vuvuzela nobody will attend the games

Apr 12, 2013 11:53 | 0 replies

If a Vuvuzela is a weapon, what about FireCrackers and matches?

Apr 12, 2013 11:54 | 0 replies

Ferdinard was injured by a coin, so are we going to see games naked soon?

Apr 12, 2013 11:55 | 0 replies