World Cup organisers say they will not ban vuvuzelas from stadiums in South Africa, even though there have been numerous complaints.

Both players and fans have berated the sound of the plastic horn which has been compared to the buzz of a swarm of bees.

Despite the criticism a World Cup spokesman insisted vuvuzelas are "ingrained in the history of South Africa" and will remain throughout the tournament.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter also joined the debate on social networking site Twitter.

"I have always said that Africa has a different rhythm, a different sound.

"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?"

The BBC on the other hand are considering removing the vuvuzela sound from its coverage of the World Cup to appease viewers as 545 people complained.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "If the vuvuzela continues to impact on audience enjoyment, we will look at what other options we can take to reduce the volume further.”

A recent survey found that the sound emitted by a vuvuzela was the equivalent to 127 decibels - louder than a drum's 122 decibels or a referee's whistle at 121.8 decibels.

Posted on 14/06/2010