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Europa League trophy STOLEN in Mexico after being swiped from a FedEx van

It's been returned just in time for Arsene Wenger to win it in his last game...

Imagine logging onto eBay and finding the Europa League trophy for sale?

The prize silverware was stolen out of a van in Mexico – but has since been returned safely.

Jose Mourinho poses with the Europa League trophy after Manchester United won the prize last year

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This makes us uncomfortable

The trophy was swiped from a transport vehicle, understood to be a FedEx van.

Authorities in the state of Guanajuato claimed on Twitter the trophy was taken in the city of Leon after an event, but it was reclaimed soon after.

Eric Abidal takes the Europa League trophy after it was delivered to an event in Lyon to promote this year's final

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This evidence is obvious… it was Eric Abidal all along!

The state prosecutor’s office posted a photo of the silverware inside a cloth-lined case, but did not provide any more details.

FedEx are the headline sponsor of the Europa League and as a marketing exercise, the trophy has been delivered to events in the back of one of their delivery vans.

The trophy was reportedly taken by a thief in Mexico but was returned soon afterwards

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The trophy was reportedly taken by a thief in Mexico but was returned soon afterwards

The trophy has been recovered just in time for Arsene Wenger to lift it after his last ever game as Arsenal manager.

The Gunners have to get past tournament favourites Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.

This year’s final takes place in Lyon’s home ground, the 59,000-capacity Groupama Stadium.

Man United beat Ajax 2-0 in last season’s final to qualify for this season’s Champions League and complete a grand slam of European trophies.

UEFA take the trophy on tour regularly as they do with the European Cup, and host roadshows all over the footballing world.


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