Football: Europa League trophy stolen in Mexico

The Europa League trophy is displayed during draw for the semi-finals round of the football tournament in Nyon, Switzerland, on April 13, 2018.
The Europa League trophy is displayed during draw for the semi-finals round of the football tournament in Nyon, Switzerland, on April 13, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - The Europa League trophy was stolen after being displayed at a publicity event in Mexico, only to be recovered a few hours later, authorities in the state of Guanajuato said on Saturday (April 21).

The trophy had been on display at the football stadium in the city of Leon on Friday night, only to be taken from a car after the event.

"We recovered the Cup after receiving information that it had been stolen from the car transporting it," the Guanajuato public prosecutor tweeted, alongside a picture of the trophy in a case.

No other information was given about who took the trophy, where it was found or whether any perpetrators had been identified.

The event had been organised by a sponsor of Uefa, European football's governing body.