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South Africa World Cup: What's worse, the vuvuzelas or the whining about them?

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A weekend into the World Cup, and the calls to ban vuvuzelas are starting to get louder.

Players complain they have trouble communicating with each other. Doctors say the vuvuzela can damage one’s hearing. Fans from other countries who love nothing more than a rousing national anthem to give their boys a little spirit on the field say they are getting, well, blown away.

Steve Bloomfield, author of Africa United, and a blogger here in South Africa for the World Cup, says the trumpets should be banned in the spirit of cultural diversity.

“The World Cup should be a celebration of difference,” writes Mr. Bloomfield in today’s blog, also entitled Africa United. “A time when we get a glimpse of countries and cultures we know little about. And if Bafana fans stop blowing their vuvuzelas perhaps they’ll be able to give us a few renditions of the incredibly moving ‘Shosholoza’ instead.”

Simon Williamson, a local journalist and blogger, begs to differ.

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