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Caxirola is Banned in Brazil's Games and FIFA Events

05/28/2013 - 08h09

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FROM RIO

Flagpoles and musical instruments, such as the controversial caxirola, a rattle created by the musician Carlinhos Brown, are banned in stadiums for Brazil's games and the Confederations Cup.

Fabio Pozzebom/Associated Press
President Dilma Rousseff plays caxirola
President Dilma Rousseff plays caxirola

The ban, announced by the LOC (Local Organizing Committee of the World Cup), is already in force for the friendly matches on June 2 (England, at Maracanã) and June 9 (France, at Grêmio Arena).

The ban came after an incident at Fonte Nova in Salvador on April 28, when fans of Bahia, in protest, threw caxirolas onto the field.

That day, 50,000 instruments were distributed to the crowd by the company that plans to produce 190 million units to sell at the FIFA events.

The caxirola was even presented to President Dilma Rousseff as the official instrument of the World Cup, as was the vuvuzela, used at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

"It was like a test event in Salvador with the caxirola, and then the security departments of FIFA, the federal government and the organizing committee arrived to this conclusion," said Hilary Medeiros, general manager of security for the LOC.

Translated by DAVE WOLIN

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