Matt Reeder: If there was quality football, we wouldn't notice the vuvuzelas

WITH precious little in the way of stunning football to occupy the mind during what has, let's face it, been a rather dull World Cup so far, two things have struck a chord.

One, of course, is the very obvious din of the now-controversial vuvuzela which has buzzed away from the very first kick and is likely to 'enhance' our viewing and listening pleasure right through to the very last.

It seems opinion is very much divided on this, the South Africa fan's instrument of choice ... you either hate it, or you loathe it.

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We even had one Yorkshire Post reader write in this week asking us to 'do all we can to get them banned'. Apparently they were 'ruining the World Cup'.

Well, I doubt anyone within FIFA is ready to listen to such complaints, even if the Yorkshire Post does join in the chorus of disapproval. Something tells me they will be under too much pressure to keep alive what is understood to be a $2m World Cup business venture.

South Africa's organising guru Danny Jordaan said over the weekend that they would look at the possibility of banning the vuvuzela should it prove to be a danger to anyone within the ground, but that is not going to happen... and in truth, why should it?

Okay, so they may be a little too noisy; yes, they are certainly more than a little irritating at times, and I suppose some might even go as far as to say they are pretty annoying, but they are hardly a danger to anyone and at least the matches are not being played out in complete silence.

Let's face it there has been little to get excited about so far and if it needs a long plastic blow horn to get people into the World Cup spirit then fine by me... I'll just turn the sound down.

And that brings me neatly on to my second point.

You see, by turning down the sound I would not only be switching off that incessant buzzing but I would also be turning the volume down on the thoughts and opinions of the many commentators and expert analysts employed by our friends on BBC and ITV.

Quite who makes the decisions on who to call into the various studios is unknown, but whoever thought that Edgar Davids could give us an enlightened insight was truly mistaken. Over on BBC1 it may just be that Emmanuel Adebayor is indeed giving us that kind of expert comment, but alas nobody can understand him.

Either way, the very fact that we are talking about the noise of musical instruments and the value of football's so-called men in the know means the action itself is not what we were expecting or hoping to see.

So for an explanation on that front let me give you the words of another analyst, this time the respected David Pleat who by working for BBC Radio 5 Live again proves that radio folk know a thing or two about quality over quantity.

After the 1-1 draw between Italy and Paraguay he was asked why yet again we had witnessed a poor spectacle.

"Perhaps we are expecting too much, too early," was his reply. "Teams simply don't want to lose their opening match but things will open up when the need for a win becomes greater later on."

That is something we can all look forward to and I for one will be watching the TV with the sound down and radio tuned in ready for the excitement to begin.