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Spain romp to record 10-0 win over Tahiti

AFP, RIO DE JANEIRO

“We know that there was a police report and this was being dealt with by the relevant authorities,” FIFA spokesman Pekka Odriozola said. “We have also been in touch with the team.”

A spokeswoman for Spain declined to discuss the incident, while police in Recife could not be reached for comment.

Six players, including Gerard Pique, reported that goods, including money, had been stolen from their rooms, according to the Spanish daily Marca and the EFE news agency.

The players reportedly discovered their money was missing as they prepared to leave Recife on Monday.

Police in Recife said on Thursday that no one from the Spain squad made an official complaint to authorities.

Police spokesman Carlos Leite said that investigators went to the team’s hotel after the delegation had left, but could not confirm that a robbery took place. He said that the hotel also could not confirm it.

On Wednesday, the wife of Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar said she was robbed at gunpoint in Fortaleza, where Brazil played Mexico earlier in the day.

In Brasilia, at least one journalist had his hotel room robbed before the tournament’s opening match last week.

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