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SAO PAULO---Brazil s replace-
ment to the vuvuzela is already
giving World Cup organisers a
It wasn t the sound of the
caxirola---a maraca-like instrument
not nearly as noisy as the South
African vuvuzela---that attracted
all the attention during its official
debut at a match in northeastern
Brazil on Sunday.
Instead, hundreds of the small
green and yellow plastic objects
were thrown onto the field by fans
upset with their team s perform-
ance, forcing the match to be briefly
The incident came less than two
months before the Confederations
Cup begins in June.
Brazil sports minister Aldo Rebe-
lo said it was "not good news" to
see the instruments thrown by fans
but hopes it is an isolated incident.
"It doesn t mean that something
like this will happen if Brazil is los-
ing a match during the World Cup,"
The protest also came less than
a week after Brazil s national team
was loudly jeered by nearly 50,000
fans in a 2-2 home draw against
Chile in Belo Horizonte. Brazilian
fans across the country are known
for not hiding their disappointment
when the Selecao doesn t perform
Created by Brazilian artist Car-
linhos Brown, the caxirola was offi-
cially presented earlier this month
and recognised by the Brazilian
government and Fifa as the official
fan instrument of the World Cup.
It produces a continuous rattling
sound that s softer than the one
produced by the much-criticised
vuvuzelas in South Africa.
The hand-sized caxirola is based
on the African instrument caxixi,
which is played during the
Capoeira, a popular afro-Brazilian
Brazilian President Dilma Rouss-
eff was present for the official
announcement, saying the instru-
ment would come in handy to "to
celebrate the goals, to celebrate our
athletes" at next year s World Cup.
But the criticism has started
It s feared the hissing sound pro-
duced by thousands of caxirolas
shaken at the same time will create
a nuisance like the vuvuzelas did
at the 2010 World Cup in South
Africa, an issue that forced Fifa to
address the noise produced by the
long plastic horns. Critics also say
that the caxirola will produce an
atmosphere that is not character-
istic to football matches in Brazil,
which are dominated by chants
and percussion instruments.
"As predicted, in addition to the
noise just as annoying as the one
from the South African vuvuzelas,
the caxirolas ended being thrown
onto the pitch by disappointed fans
watching their team lose," Brazilian
sports columnist Juca Kfouri said.
"It s another invention for clubs
to worry about when it comes to
the fans lack of education."
Several thousand caxirolas were
distributed to the nearly 30,000
people who attended the match
between Bahia and Vitoria at Arena
Fonte Nova in Salvador, one of six
stadiums hosting matches during
the World Cup warm-up tourna-
ment from June 15-30.
The caxirolas were hurled by
Bahia fans near one of the sidelines
after Vitoria scored its second goal
in a 2-1 victory. Apparently no one
was hit by the instruments and
Bahia s players cleared the field
themselves, kicking and throwing
the instruments away.
"The caxirola is licensed by Fifa
and this situation needs to be
analysed by security authorities to
find out what needs to be done,"
said Ricardo Trade, the CEO of the
local 2014 World Cup organising
committee. "It s also a matter of
culture. There is a need to re-edu-
cate the public. Now they are much
closer to the pitch, anything that
is thrown can hurt someone."
At the African Cup of Nations
in January, Ethiopia s football fed-
eration was fined US$10,000 after
the team s fans hurled vuvuzelas
onto the pitch during one of the
...Brazil's replacement to vuvuzela used in protest
In this photo released by Agencia
Brasil, Brazil's President Dilma
Rousseff holds caxirolas during
their official presentation at the
Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil,
April 22. AP PHOTO
In this April 22 photo released by Agencia Brasil, Brazilian artist Carlinhos
Brown poses with caxirolas, maraca-like instruments he created, at the
Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. AP PHOTO
Here comes the caxirola
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