GET a life!

Apparently the BBC has received 545 complaints about the sound of vuvuzela horns during its World Cup coverage.



Can you believe that?  Maybe these poor souls should consider turning the sound down or off, or maybe not watching the games at all.  These whingers seem to have forgotten that this World Cup is coming from Africa, one of the most colourful, vibrant continents in the world.  It’s a bit like ringing up the BBC to complain about the noise of Red Indians whooping in a John Wayne western.

The BBC has said it is impossible to cut out the horns without affecting commentary and crowd noise and World Cup organisers have ruled out a stadium ban on the plastic horns.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says that vuvuzelas are part and parcel of football in South Africa.  “I have always said that Africa has a different rhythm, a different sound,” he commented on social networking site Twitter.  “I don’t see banning the music traditions of fans in their own country. Would you want to see a ban on the fan traditions in your country?”

Backing for the under-fire vuvuzela has come from the England Supporters’ Band.

Trumpeter John Hemmingham, who is leading an eight-man team in South Africa, said the plastic instruments were part of the local culture and should not be banned from stadiums.  “It’s the way the South Africans express their joy and pleasure at the tournament being here,” said Hemmingham. “It’s certainly a challenge for us but there’s no point whinging about it.”

Premier League clubs have announced that they have no plans follow Germany’s Borrusia Dortmund and ban vuvuzelas next season.

The Bundesliga team became the first major European club to ban the plastic horns. A Premier League spokesman said on Wednesday it was up to individual clubs to decide their policy.

So it looks as if the administrators have got it right on this, but have the World Cup organisers made a balls up over another controversial matter?

England coach Fabio Capello believes the World Cup ball is “the worst he has ever seen”.

The Jabulani ball being used in South Africa has come in for much criticism.

“For the players it is terrible,” said Capello. “It is also terrible for the keepers because it is impossible to anticipate the trajectory.

But Fifa has defended the ball, saying it was fully “tested”.

The Jabulani – its name comes from the Zulu words “to celebrate” – was made available in February and was used at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations as well as a number of domestic leagues, including Germany, Argentina and the United States but not the Premier League.

Manufacturers Adidas say altitude is the main factor affecting the way the ball behaves in flight and have blamed players for not practising enough with it before the tournament

But Capello responds: “The big problem is that sometimes this ball is impossible to control.  It is good when you play short passes but when you try to switch the ball with long passes it is very difficult to understand the trajectory.”

Ivory Coast boss Sven-Goran Eriksson commented: “It’s a decision for the authorities for the next big tournament. It should be discussed and everyone should listen to the top goalkeepers in the world.”

England’s David James, Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas of Spain were among the goalkeepers who criticised the Jabulani before the tournament began.

“The ball is dreadful. It’s horrible but it’s horrible for everyone,” stated James, who said some goalkeepers would end up “looking daft”.  Once again you are left wondering if the person who made the final decision over this has ever kicked a football in their life….

Finally, the penny may have dropped. The English Premier League, full as it is with some of the football’s highest paid foreign players, maybe the best league in the world but the English national team is a long, long way from the best.  And until we reduce the number of overseas players and concentrate on developing our own young stars that will not change.


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