Marseille - Thieves stole the boots of Sporting Braga
players from their changing room as they prepared for their Europa League match
at Olympique Marseille, police said.
Marseille had to buy 46 pairs of new boots and even offered
to charter a special flight to bring footwear from Portugal after the
The Portuguese outfit left their boots in their dressing
room at Marseille's Stade Velodrome stadium after training there on Wednesday
night. On Thursday there was no trace of the studded footwear.
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"There is nothing which allows us to contradict the
Portuguese officials' version of events," a police spokesman said Friday.
The match went ahead with the French team triumphing 1-0.
Some of the Braga team used reserve pairs of boots which
they had brought with them and left at their hotel. Others had to use the new
boots bought by Marseille.
"I find this incredible. No door had been forced, how
did the boots disappear," said Braga's president Antonio Salvador
Rodrigues on Thursday.
Braga have registered an official complaint with police, who
said an investigation is ongoing.For
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