Brazil's replacement to vuvuzela used in protest

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SAO PAULO (AP) -- 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 came less than two months before the Confederations Cup begins in June.

Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said it was "not good news" to see the instruments thrown by fans but hopes it is an isolated incident.