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Brazilian answer to the vuvuzela banned from Confed Cup after authorities say it's unsafe

05/31/2013 04:01 EDT | Updated 07/31/2013 05:12 EDT
SAO PAULO - The official instrument of the 2014 World Cup has been banned from the Confederations Cup because of safety concerns.

Brazil's Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo said Friday that the maraca-like instrument is "not adequate" to be used during the warm-up tournament.

The Brazilian answer to the vuvuzela, which had been approved by FIFA, made headlines for the wrong reasons last month after fans upset about their team's loss in a test event threw the green-and-yellow objects onto the pitch, putting players in danger and briefly interrupting the match.

The hand-sized caxirola, which costs about $15, produces a continuous rattling sound that is softer than the loud bleating of the much-criticized vuvuzelas — long plastic horns — at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Created by Brazilian artist Carlinhos Brown, the caxirola was presented earlier this year and was recognized by the Brazilian government and FIFA as the official fan instrument of the World Cup.

But after fans hurled them onto the field at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, local police banned the instrument from some stadiums, and FIFA and the local organizing committee said they would reevaluate the authorization granted to the caxirola as an approved item during the Confederations Cup.

Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, who is in charge of Brazil's preparation for the World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics, had said he didn't think the caxirola would be a problem during the Confederations Cup and the World Cup.

The caxirola is based on the African instrument caxixi, which is played during capoeira, a popular afro-Brazilian martial art. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the instrument would come in handy to "to celebrate the goals, to celebrate our athletes" at next year's World Cup.

But critics said the caxirola would produce an atmosphere that is not characteristic to soccer atches in Brazil, which are dominated by chants and percussion instruments. They also said the hissing sound produced by thousands of caxirolas shaken at the same time would create a nuisance like the vuvuzelas.

The company which produces the caxirola said earlier this week that it would continue selling the instrument despite the ban in the Confederations Cup. It wasn't clear if the ban would continue during next year's World Cup.

The company tried to make the instrument lighter and more flexible, but it wasn't enough to get it approved by Brazilian authorities.

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