The Europa League trophy is back in safe hands after it was reportedly taken from a transport vehicle in the Mexican city of Leon.
Authorities in the central state of Guanajuato state claimed on Twitter that the trophy had been stolen in the city of León, but was recovered soon afterwards. The silverware was taken from a vehicle after an event in the city.
The state prosecutor’s office also tweeted a picture of the trophy in a cloth-lined case to confirm that it had been recovered by police but did not immediately provide more details. Uefa’s official website claims that the trophy “remains in Uefa’s keeping at all times,” with clubs receiving a replica – but initial reports, and the frantic search to recover it, suggest it was the original that went missing.
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