'Brazil's vuvuzela' banned at Confederations Cup
RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - The "caxirola", Brazil's percussion answer to South Africa's plastic vuvuzela horn, will be banned at next month's Confederations Cup for security reasons, organisers said on Monday.
"Fans will not be allowed in stadiums with musical instruments and that includes the caxirola," said Medeiros Hilario, the official on the Cup's Organising Committee who is in charge of security.
"We will apply this measure during friendly games, then during the Confederations Cup," which will be held in Brazil from June 15-30, he added.
The ban will become effective from Sunday when Brazil and England clash in a friendly match at Rio's iconic Maracana stadium. The decision followed an April 28 incident during which irate fans hurled dozens of caxirolas on the pitch during a match between Bahia and Vitoria.