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Police ban 'Brazilian vuvuzelas' from stadium

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, Carlinhos Brown and Minister of Culture Marta Suplicy using the caxirola

Police in northeastern Brazil have banned the nation's version of the vuvuzela from football stadiums due to safety concerns.

The caxirola, a maraca-like instrument, is recognised by FIFA as the official instrument of the 2014 World Cup but will not be allowed at the Arena Fonte Nova this weekend.

Fans upset about their team's loss last month threw hundreds of the small green-and-yellow plastic objects onto the pitch, forcing the match to be briefly interrupted.

Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said it was "not good news" to see the instruments thrown by fans but hopes it is an isolated incident.

Local police have therefore decided it is safer to prohibit use of the instrument from the final of the local Bahia state tournament between Salvador city rivals Bahia and Vitória on Sunday.

However, the caxirola, created by Brazilian artist Carlinhos Brown, is still expected to be used during the Confederations Cup in June.

The hand-sized rattle produces a continuous rattling sound but is softer than the one produced by the highly-criticised vuvuzelas during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Source: Yahoo


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