Brazilians want new names for World Cup mascot
SAO PAULO (AP) — The armadillo has been a hit with Brazilian fans as the choice for the 2014 World Cup mascot. But the three names organizers chose for public voting have not pleased a lot of people in Brazil.
Online media polls show the vast majority of Brazilians don't like those names.. In three days, more than 23,000 people have signed an online petition demanding a "more democratic" approach in which fans could make suggestions.
FIFA says the three names — Amujibi, Fuleco and Zuzeco — come from a mix of Brazilian words that represent friendliness, joy and ecology.
Despite the public demand for change, the local organizing committee said Thursday the names "will not be revised."
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