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FIFA want to ban singing of national anthems! -
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FIFA want to ban singing of national anthems!

Cape Town - FIFA officials and the Local Organising Committee for the 2010 Soccer World Cup are deadlocked in crisis talks on possibly banning the use of national anthems at the start of World Cup games.

The potentially shocking move comes after a High Court bid to ban struggle song "Kill the boer" prompted FIFA to study more closely any potential inferences that may mar the spirit of the tournament.

Sources at FIFA told News24 that the football body wanted to avoid any potential embarrassment during the World Cup.

Hate speech laws

A detailed study last week of the literal English translations of several anthems opened a potential minefield for the LOC, sparking fears that certain lyrics may incite hate speech and fall foul of South Africa's hate speech laws.

The French anthem in particular set off alarm bells. The anthem's refrain translates as: "Grab your weapons, citizens! Form your battalions! Let us march! Let us march! May impure blood water our fields."

Portugal's call to arms "on land and sea, to fight for our homeland, to march against enemy guns?." also raised eyebrows.

FIFA also singled out Germany; Italy; The Netherlands and Poland as having potentially provocative anthems. The body is in the process of wading through each participating country's anthem.

"Banning the singing of anthems at matches is a last resort, but unfortunately at this stage we feel that we just can't take the risk. Recent developments have shown how much people read into lyrics, and how they're perceived.

"We've also seen the volatile response it invokes and we just can't chance that," the LOC's Nkosi Bhola told News24. "Hate speech has become an incredibly sensitive issue in recent weeks, and the potential for that to spill over could be devastating for fans."

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