Johannesburg: In a further embarrassment to Brazilian organizers, the vuvuzela, which was the official instrument of the 2014 World Cup, has been banned from the Confederations Cup because of safety concerns.
The Brazilian version of the vuvuzela, which had been approved by FIFA, made headlines for the wrong reasons recently after fans, upset about their team`s loss in a test event, threw the green-and-yellow objects onto the pitch.
The announcement of the ban comes just a day after a court order temporarily suspended the Brazil vs. England friendly scheduled Sunday at the new Maracana stadium, saying the venue was not safe for fans, which was later reversed after the state government appealed.
Brazil had recently launched a musical instrument known as caxirola to be the aural stimulant of choice at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, to be held in the country following the ban on vuvuzela in the World Cup. The vuvuzela, a multi-coloured two-foot long plastic horn used in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, had created an international sensation with its loud, discordant blaring.