Doubts raised over World Cup trophy

12-06-2010

Doubts have been raised as to whether the World Cup trophy is made of solid gold as claimed by the football governing body FIFA.

A British chemistry professor, Martyn Poliakoff of Nottingham University, has concluded that the trophy, or at least part of it, must be hollow.

He says his calculations show that a solid gold trophy of that size, just under 40 centimetres high, should weight at least 70 kilograms. FIFA's website says the World Cup trophy weighs six kilos.


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