Soccer-Maracana backs down from flag and musical instrument ban (Reuters)

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 19 (Reuters) – Brazilian authorities have backed down from a threat to ban flags, musical instruments and shirtless fans from domestic games at the newly refurbished Maracana. However, the use of pyrotechnics and firecrackers will not be allowed, said a statement by Rio de Janeiro state government’s sports ministry (Suderj) following a meeting with the police and supporters’ groups. Neighbours Fluminense and Vasco da Gama meet on Sunday in the Brazilian championship, the first domestic match to be held since the rebuilding of the famous arena. …

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