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World Cup row over Zulu holy plastic trumpet


A traditional South African religion says it has started legal action to stop a plastic trumpet called the vuvuzela being played at this year's World Cup.

Shembe - a Zulu religion loosely based on the Bible's Old Testament - says the vuvuzela is its holy instrument and it wants to be recognised as its rightful owner.

Both players and spectators have also called for the vuvuzelas to be silenced but tournament organisers say the noise is an important part of South Africa's footballing culture.

As these fans display, vuvuzelas add a lot of noise and colour to the stadium atmosphere.


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