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South Africa soccer officials consider vuvuzela ban

April 12, 2013|By Dan Loumena

Vuvuzelas might be on the way out during soccer games in South Africa, where Premier Soccer League officials are considering a ban on the plastic horns, but not for the reason one might think.

The vuvuzela gained international attention during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where the blare of the horn was a constant drone during play. As irritating as many found the sound, the fact that the horns have been used as weapons is now of concern to soccer officials.

Vuvuzelas were among objects thrown at Orlando Pirates Coach Roger de Sa after a recent game in which fans were unhappy with the home team's draw against AmaZulu.

In another incident, a fan ran onto the pitch during a match between the Lamontville Golden Arrows and the Kaizer Chiefs, the country's popular team, and tried to strike a referee with a horn over a red card he had issued.

"Our rules ban all dangerous weapons from matches," Derek Blanckensee, general manager of the PSL, told Reuters. "If the vuvuzela is to become a dangerous weapon, then we will look into this."

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