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Brazil's official WC instrument under fire

April 30, 2013
By Associated Press
SAO PAULO -- Brazil's replacement for the vuvuzela is giving World Cup organizers a headache.

It wasn't the sound of the caxirola -- a maraca-like instrument not nearly as noisy as the South African vuvuzela -- that attracted attention Sunday during its official debut at a match in northeastern Brazil. Instead, hundreds of the small green-and-yellow plastic objects were thrown onto the field by fans upset with their team's performance, forcing a brief interruption.

The incident ...

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