Pretoria: South Africa`s police commissioner
says seven World Cup replica trophies have been stolen from
FIFA headquarters in Johannesburg.
Gen Bheki Cele said at a security briefing today "we know
that there was a burglary at the FIFA offices where they took
seven replicas of the World Cup."
Official FIFA clothing was also taken, according to Cele.
FIFA said the trophies were taken from a storage room but
there was no sign of a break in. The trophies, which are
usually used as gifts, are about 15 centimeters tall (6
inches) and worth euro210 (USD 256).
Cele said police were looking into the theft and
suspected the people responsible were "very familiar with the
environment in the FIFA offices."
FIFA`s headquarters is in the high-class northern
Johannesburg suburb of Sandton.
FIFA did not comment on the theft at its daily media
briefing in Johannesburg today, saying it had no information
on the incident.