World Cup 2014: Fireworks, vuvuzelas among items banned from stadiums in Brazil


The 2014 World Cup hasn’t even started it and FIFA is already stepping in and ruining the fun. In the “Stadium Code of Conduct” for the 2014 World Cup, made available on FIFA’s website, they list items banned from the stadium.

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Some make sense, like weapons, or things that can be used as weapons. Outside food and liquids, and containers used for drinks like bottles and cups. Drugs aren’t allowed. That list goes on but lets get to some of the other items on the list, like the ones that are just fun.

The vuvuzelas made their debut at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and some loved them and some hated the buzzing in the background. The players complained that they were too loud and they have been banned.

Don’t worry though, the Brazil World Cup has their own musical instrument, the caxirola. It is kind of like a maracas, a percussion instrument you have to shake.

Fine, that stinks because now with a horn and a percussion instrument the music in-game music could’ve been turned up a notch.

FIFA wasn’t done ruining the fun yet either.

Beach balls? Not allowed.

Large quantities of paper or rolls of papers? Not allowed, no streamer throwing.

Any musical instrument what so ever is banned, though I’m assuming they’ll allow in the caxirola in though it doesn’t specify that.

And flags! there are restrictions on the size of the flags you can bring in. Let’s start with the restrictions on flag poles.

"Only flexible plastic poles and so-called double-poles that do not exceed 1 metre in length and 1 cm in diameter and which are not made of inflammable material are permitted"

And the flag can only be a certain size.

"Banners or flags larger than 2m x 1m50. Smaller flags and banners are permitted provided that they are made from material which is deemed “of low flammability.”"

And to top it all off, they won’t let you bring in fire works, flares, and smoke powder/canisters/bombs. So why do the flags have to be flame retardant?