They might be driving some players and supporters to distraction but World Cup organisers today decreed that the ear-splitting vuvuzela trumpet was the symbol of the tournament.

"Everybody loves vuvuzelas," Rich Mkhondo, spokesman for the Local Organising Committee said at a press conference.

The tuneless plastic horns, which generate more decibels than a drum or chainsaw, have split opinion almost as much as they have split ears.

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