London, Jul 4: Johannesburg police have reported that seven replica World Cup trophies from FIFA"s South Africa headquarter, which is near the venue for the World Cup final have been stolen.
The miniature gold- plated cups, worth around 100 pounds each, were snatched from a store cupboard at FIFA"s base in Johannesburg, as according to ANI reports.
South Africa's police commissioner Bheki Cele said the theives had taken lifted several jerseys along with the seven replica trophies at the Soccer City complex in Johannesburg.
La Repubblica claims the trophies were replicas of the cup that will take centre stage at the Soccer City final in Johannesburg on July 11.
“We are looking into it. The suspects are people who are very familiar with the environment," said Cele.
A FIFA spokesman told journalists he was unaware of the incident. “I am not aware of that," said Wolfgang Eichler at FIFA"s daily World Cup briefing.
According to goal.com reports, the police also confirmed that 316 people, 207 of them South African origin, have been arrested for World Cup-related crimes since the start of the tournament.