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Din from trumpets blow the critics

FIFA president Sepp Blatter stood by South Africa's beloved vuvuzela trumpets on Wednesday and said that the relentless noise would be a trademark of next year's World Cup.

"It's a local sound and I don't know how it is possible to stop it," Blatter said after the colorful plastic trumpets got their global premiere during the Confederations Cup. "I always said that when we go to South Africa, it is Africa. It's not western Europe.

"It's noisy, it's energy, rhythm, music, dance, drums. This is Africa. We have to adapt a little."

The vuvuzelas have been a trademark of South African football for years, just like the crazy and colorful miner's helmets stitched together from recycled materials.

The vuvuzelas make a lot more noise, though.

But because of complaints of European broadcasters that their listeners could hardly hear them above the din of the trumpets, Blatter said he would take it up with local organizers ahead of the World Cup.

"We are aware of it and we will discuss with the local organizing committee," Blatter said, indicating that a ban would be out of the question.

Italy coach Marcello Lippi isn't a fan of them, however.

"They are disturbing," Lippi said.

"But it's a local custom and in the end it's not really a problem."

Danny Jordaan, the head of the local World Cup organizing committee, said that the local Bafana Bafana fans start celebrating before the match "in case they cannot celebrate after the match."

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said last year the vuvuzela would not be banned unless it was used as a weapon by fighting fans.



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