Ban vuvuzelas in FIFA WC: Bhutia

Updated: Jun 14, 2010, 20:00 PM IST

Kolkata: India captain Bhaichung Bhutia
on Monday said the use of vuvuzelas trumpets should be banned
during the ongoing FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa as it
creates an ear-shattering experience.

"It`s really disappointing to watch the World Cup matches
with such irritating noise by vuvuzelas. It should be banned,
it is difficult for anyone on the pitch to concentrate. A lot
of players also don`t like them," Bhutia told reporters on the
sidelines of a promotional event.

The `Sikkimese sniper` also voiced his concern on the use
the new high bouncing World Cup ball, something that has irked
Algeria coach after their 0-1 loss to Slovenia yesterday.

Bhutia said even England ace striker Wayne Rooney had
struggled to tackle the fast and bouncy ball.

"If you see the trend of the matches this time around,
very less number of goals have been scored so far... Only
Germans have scored a 4-0 win over the Aussies.”

"All good teams have struggled with the ball. The problem
is it`s very fast. I saw Rooney struggling to get control of
the ball at least twice (in their match against US that ended
1-1). Even Argentines struggled (against Nigeria)," Bhutia
said.

The inspirational striker, faced with questions about the
standard of Indian football and its inability to make it to
the World Cup, regretted that people, including in the
Parliament, raises the issue only once in every four years.

"We must work on the field, develop the infrastructure, a
sporting culture beside talking big. Why ask this question
every four years?" Bhutia said.

PTI