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World Cup diary - Vuvuzelas could be banned

Published: 14 Jun 2010 - 07:14:06

The use of vuvuzelas within South Africa's World Cup stadia has been thrown into doubt by the news that plans to ban them are being discussed.

The instruments, which produce a swarm-like droning sound, have been accused of harming the atmosphere at matches, as well as the enjoyment of television viewers.

Organising committee chief executive Danny Jordaan said a ban on the vuvuzela could be imposed "if there were grounds to do so".

GREEK DROUGHT CONTINUES

South Korea brushed Greece aside in a 2-0 victory at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

The Greeks frequently looked lost while the Koreans turned in a well-drilled, athletic display, with a close-range volley from Lee-Jung-Soo (7) and Park Ji-sung's left-footed finish (52) crushing the dishevelled European champions of 2004.

The scoreline could have been much worse on the Greeks, but for profligate finishing and a poor refereeing decision.

The result means Greece are still yet to score at a World Cup finals.

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STRAINING FOR VICTORY

Denmark and the Netherlands are both missing key players ahead of Monday's Group E clash in Johannesburg.

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has a groin strain, while Arjen Robben's self-inflicted hamstring injury keeps him out.

SINGING IN THE RAIN

Almost 200,00 people crowded the streets of Seoul to support South Korea in their victory over Greece.

Across the whole of the nation, the figure was closer to 1,000,000, despite torrential rain in some regions.

DIEGO'S LAZER QUEST

Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi complained personally to FIFA officials after a green laser was clearly shone on the pair during Argentina's 1-0 victory over Nigeria.

FIFA issued the following statement: "We noticed this incident once and immediately asked the stadium security to look into the matter."

INIESTA SET TO START

Andres Iniesta looks set to play against Switzerland in Spain's opening game on Wednesday.

The diminutive midfielder had been nursing a thigh strain, but coach Vicente Del Bosque is sure of his part: "Iniesta will play and he will be in the starting line-up".

LITTLE ITALY FOR CHAMPIONS

Reigning World Cup holders Italy have tried to make their players feel as much at home as possible during the tournament.

Supplies of prosecco, pasta and Italian plug sockets have been shipped over, to ensure Casa Azzurri (Home of the Blues) keeps feelings of home sickness to a minimum. Italian barmen have even been flown in to serve visiting journalists and officials at the base, south of Pretoria.


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FOOTBALL.CO.UK BLOGGER:Tom Littlefield
Seen as the heir apparent to Jan Molby until an underactive thyroid gland curtailed this youngster’s development, Tom Littlefield will now concentrate on making a “big pitch” (pun) during South Africa 2010. As Barnet’s staunchest Gooner, he is well placed to judge good football. So, while the England team provides your compulsory tournament displeasure, Tom will look to rouse your enthusiasm for the beautiful game (and WAGS) in the oasis of oratory that is his World Cup Diary.

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