Probe after burglary at Fifa offices

national police commissioner General Bheki Cele confirmed yesterday that there had been a burglary at the Fifa headquarters in Johannesburg.

"Yes we know there was burglary there. We are looking into it," Cele told a National Press Club briefing in Pretoria.

He said seven trophy replicas and two jerseys had been taken during the incident, which led police to believe that the crime was perpetrated by people familiar with the offices.

"There was no forced entry," added police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Opperman.

Police said the incident took place between June 22 and 25. Four Adidas bags were also stolen.

Cele said since the start of the World Cup 316 people had been arrested, 207 of them South Africans, for crimes related to the tournament. He said 109 were foreign nationals.

He added that 90percent of the arrests had been in connection with theft and by far the majority of these cases could be attributed to negligence on the part of the lawful owner. - Sapa