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Football | Brazil

Caxirola © Action Images

Police ban Brazilian vuvuzela



Police in northeastern Brazil have banned Brazil's version of the vuvuzela from football stadiums because of security concerns.

The caxirola, a maraca-like instrument, will not be allowed at the Arena Fonte Nova this weekend because fans upset about their team's loss last month threw the green-and-yellow objects onto the pitch, forcing the match to be briefly interrupted.

Recognised by Fifa as the official instrument of the 2014 World Cup, the caxirola is still expected to be used during the Confederations Cup in June. But local police decided it was safer to prohibit the instrument from the final of the local Bahia state tournament.

The hand-sized caxirola produces a continuous rattling sound that is softer than the one produced by the much-criticised vuvuzelas at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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