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England supporter's band hit wrong note with WC officials

The England Supporters' Band intend to play on at next summer's World Cup despite organisers saying instruments will be banned from stadiums. The six-strong brass band have given a musical backdrop to England games at every major tournament since 1996.

They were initially banned at Euro 2012 but tournament officials relented when the Football Association stepped in.

"I'm sure they'll do their best to help us on this particular occasion," said band member John Hemmingham.

World Cup managing director Ron DelMont said at a press conference in Salvador this week: "Brazil doesn't need instruments to enhance what you are going to experience in the stadium."

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