Europa League trophy recovered after going missing in Mexico

Appearing at a sponsor's event at Leon in Mexico, the silverware went missing, only to be reclaimed shortly after

The Europa League trophy briefly went missing this weekend
The Europa League trophy briefly went missing this weekend

The Europa League trophy Arsene Wenger will hope to end his Arsenal reign with was stolen and quickly recovered on Friday.

Appearing at a sponsor's event at Leon in Mexico, the silverware went missing, only to be reclaimed shortly after. The silverware was taken from a vehicle after an event in the city.

Uefa’s official website states that the trophy “remains in Uefa’s keeping at all times,” with clubs receiving a replica. But the frantic search to recover it suggests that it was the original trophy which went missing.

The trophy – which will be presented to one of Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Red Bull Salzburg or Marseille after the Europa League final in Lyon – did not suffer any damage.

The Europa League returns this week with the first-legs of both semi-final matches. The final is scheduled to take place in Lyon on 16 May.

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