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Moscow is getting a giant vuvuzela – in the colours of the Russian flag – to broadcast World Cup soccer games

Phillip de Wet , Business Insider SA
 May 29, 2018, 10:39 AM
(Office of the mayor, Moscow)
  • Moscow is installing a 9 metre electric vuvuzela in a park for the 2018 Fifa World Cup.
  • It is in the colours of the Russian flag and will broadcast the games the Russian national team plays.
  • Russia built a stadium with a close resemblance to FNB Stadium in Johannesburg for the tournament.

Sokolniki Park in Moscow will get a 9 metre "electric vuvuzela" for the soccer World Cup, the office of the city's mayor says.

The plastic instrument will carry the colours of the Russian flag. Through a hidden speaker it will broadcast commentary on the games played by the Russian national team. It will also "buzz in honour of winners", the city says.

An integrated microphone will make it interactive, responding to shouts and whistles with a blast of sound of the same duration – effectively allowing people to "blow the instrument".

See also: Russians say their 2018 World Cup stadium’s similarity to FNB stadium is 'accidental coincidence'

But despite its size it is limited to output of 120 decibels, roughly as loud as a chain saw.

Russian authorities do not expect vuvuzelas to feature heavily in the streets during the tournament. They have been explicitly banned by Fifa in its "stadium code of conduct" (PDF) alongside explosives and radioactive substances.

Russia apparently drew inspiration from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa for its 2018 World Cup stadium in Mordovia.

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