Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo claims that the constant buzzing sound from the vuvuzelas was the reason why he lost his concentration and conceded the 'own goal' against Netherlands.
Brazil were ousted from the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup by Netherlands. The Selecao went ahead as early as the tenth minute when Melo found Robinho with a defence-splitting pass from the midfield, but thereafter the Oranje staged a second-half comeback to win 2-1 and progress to the semis.
The Juventus midfielder was responsible for Holland's equaliser as he appeared to get in goalkeeper Julio Cesar's path while defending a Wesley Sneijder free kick. The goal was later awarded to the Dutch midfielder.
Speaking to Rede Globo, Melo reminded his detractors that he had done well for Brazil in the World Cup despite getting sent off against the Netherlands late on in the match.
“I will not be a scapegoat in any way: it's seems that everything I have done has been negative. We are forgetting the good things like the assist I gave to Robinho and the good performances in the other games.
“I know that I share part of the blame for the defeat against Holland, but I know that I gave my best. Julio Cesar called for the ball, but with the vuvuzelas it was difficult to hear.
“Now my only objective is that of returning to Juventus and doing a good job.”