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World Cup Vuvuzela ban won't happen

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Vuvuzelas will not be banned from the World Cup despite the fearsome din the plastic trumpets make, organisers said on Monday.

"Vuvuzelas are here to stay and will never be banned," said Rich Mkhondo, a spokesman for the local organising committee.

"People love the vuvuzelas around the world. Only a minority are against vuvuzelas. There has never been a consideration to ban vuvuzelas."

The plastic trumpets are part of the South African football-supporting tradition and are viewed as the 12th man for the Bafana Bafana team.

But there have been complaints from broadcasters, players and fans saying the noise of unison playing is like a herd of stampeding elephants or the drone of a thousand bees.

Critics of the instruments say the sound is a danger to hearing and drowns out the singing loved by so many international supporters.

Some South African shopping malls have already banned the trumpets.

Fans arriving at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg are greeted straight of the plane with loud blasts echoing around the arrivals hall.

And over enthusiastic blowers have woken many a travelling fan before day even breaks.

France captain Patrice Evra has blamed the noise for waking the team in their hotel and stopping the players from hearing each other on the pitch.

But England fans appear divided on the issue.

Altaf Hussein, 39, from Bradford, said: "If it's part of the culture and the history then it shouldn't be banned. It's like if they banned our brass band.

His friend, Zeeyad Wadiwala, 29, from Blackburn, added: "But it does get to you."

Nicholas Fereday, 42, from Worcester, said: "It's part of the culture so we should show some tolerance."