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Fans cry foul: World Cup trophy that visited Boston was replica

Fans cry foul: World Cup trophy that visited Boston was replica

Some Boston residents said they felt "duped" after learning that the World Cup soccer trophy won by Italy and paraded through the city earlier this week was a replica.
Mayor Thomas Menino kissed the trophy, and fans waited hours in line to have a $5 (euro4) picture taken with the trophy when it was brought to the city's heavily Italian _ and soccer-crazed _ North End neighborhood on Tuesday.
But the trophy, which Anheuser-Busch is touring around the United States, is a gold-plated replica of the actual 18-karat, 14-inch (36-centimeter) multimillion-dollar gold dome created by Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga.
Italy won this year's World Cup, its fourth tournament win, after beating France 5-3.
"I guess we were duped," Nick Varano, owner of Strega restaurant, told the Boston Herald. "We were told it was the actual World Cup, the solid gold World Cup. I'm sick over it."
Menino issued a statement late Friday that said city officials were told before the event that the trophy was the original.
"If the trophy is anything but what was promised, I am deeply disappointed in the organizer, Anheuser-Busch, and their abuse of the city's trust," he said.
Tony Ponturo, a spokesman for Anheuser-Busch, released a statement that said the replica is just as important in Italy as the original. The replica will go back to Italy to be kept as a symbol of its victory. The real trophy goes back to FIFA headquarters in Switzerland.
Besides Boston, the Anheuser-Busch tour of the replica cup includes stops at St. Louis, New York, Miami, Chicago and Washington, D.C.


Updated : 2020-12-03 12:15 GMT+08:00