The vuvuzuela, a plastic horn, is seen by South Africans as part of their soccer culture, but players, fans and broadcasters alike complain that the loud noise it produces is highly disruptive. The World Cup organizing committee has so far refused to call for a total ban on the vuvuzela during matches. In this photo, a fan uses paper earplugs to block the sound of the horn. Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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