File - Nine "Diabolicas", the name given to those small vuvuzelas designed in Belgium after the name given to the Belgium football team "Diables Rouges" (red devils) are pictured on April 25, 2014 in Mons. (AFP PHOTO/JOHN THYS)
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MONS, Belgium: Move over vuvuzela. A compact, Belgian-made trumpet dubbed the "diabolica" is gearing up to replace the South African horn as the noisemaker of choice at the upcoming World Cup games in Brazil.Unlike the long, plastic vuvuzela – whose love-it-or-hate-it drone went global at the last World Cup in South Africa in 2010 – the diabolica is easier to carry, collapsing to 12 centimeters, and easier on the ear, its creators contend.While voted the 2010 World Cup "word" by global linguists and "South Africa's 12th language," detractors likened vuvuzelas to a swarm of angry bees.Dos Santos brushes off concern about his product, which sells for $12 and comes in all the colors of World Cup countries.Brazilian supporters used caxirolas to attack players in a local match before last year's Confederations Cup, prompting the government to ban both caxirolas and vuvuzelas from those games.
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