Benni McCarthy hates vuvuzelas

CONTROVERSIAL Bafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy has blasted the vuvuzela, hardly a week after Fifa boss Sepp Blatter praised the plastic instrument for adding excitement during the 2010 World Cup.

McCarthy, Bafana all-time top goalscorer, said the vuvuzela was too noisy and should not be allowed into the stadiums in England.

Speaking on the West Ham United website, McCarthy, who is expected to come under a barrage of criticism from many South Africans for the call, said he hated the vuvuzela with a passion.

Many English soccer fans were among the thousands who were seen leaving OR Tambo International Airport with vuvuzelas.

"It is the worst thing. It is a typical South African thing but the reason I hate them is that when I'm playing I can't hear myself and I can't get the message across," McCarthy said.

"It is the most annoying thing and you go deaf, so I hope they don't bring them into English football. That is South African football, this is the Premier League, which is singing and the cheering your team on. That is what it is all about."

McCarthy, who has scored 31 goals for Bafana, was dropped from the World Cup final squad allegedly for disciplinary reasons, along with goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez.

Blatter has repeatedly confessed to being a big fan of the vuvuzela and openly resisted calls from various influential soccer personalities to have the noisy instrument banned during the World Cup.

Some of the players from Spain, including David Villa, Brazil's Kaka and Lionel Messi of Argentina were unhappy with the noise created by the vuvuzelas during the World Cup.

Meanwhile, McCarthy said the hosting of the World Cup was great for South Africa, adding that he was happy it was a success.