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Baseball hits out as Vuvuzela goes global

Published 21/06/2010 | 05:00

GET your ear plugs ready, the Vuvuzela is going global.

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The Florida Marlins baseball team handed out free horns to the first 15,000 fans through the gate for their game with the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

Not surprisingly, as anyone who has watched a World Cup match would know, the result was a night of constant, vibrating noise. While the young fans brandishing the mini-version of the South African plastic horn enjoyed the fun, the players were not amused. "This isn't soccer," Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla, who wore earplugs, told MLB.com. "I know the World Cup is going on, but this is baseball. We don't want to hear horns or anything like that. We want to hear the crowd cheering. We want to hear the crowd getting behind us, not horns."

Meanwhile, proof that North Korea is a nation apart in any number of ways was further demonstrated by the 31 'beauty queens' who attended last night's match between Brazil and Ivory Coast. The country not represented was, of course, North Korea -- but fans of the secretive state's brave boys need not fear. Miss South Korea Yun Seo-choi, said she was also behind the North Koreans. "They were really fighting hard and I support them as well," she said.

"One day I hope that we can play together (as one team) but now I am proud of them."

Who says football doesn't bring nations together?

Irish Independent

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